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MLC considers action over accusation

A member of the Legislative Council says he’s considering what action to take after he was accused of being behind threats and anonymous letters to Agriculture Minister Phil Gawne. 

Alex Downie says he’s aware of an online video where a presenter names him as the person Mr Gawne says threatened him over moves to abolish Tynwald’s upper chamber. 

But he strenuously denies making any threats – or sending anonymous letters to the department, accusations he says could be considered defamatory. 

And he says the matter won’t rest there – with other LegCo members upset because they feel they were under suspicion.

Mr Downie says he doesn’t want to be interviewed about the row which erupted this week after Mr Gawne told Manx Radio about the threats.

Mr Gawne hadn’t named the member involved because he said there was no proof they were behind the letters.

Mr Downie says if Mr Gawne had wanted to accuse him, he could have done so to Tynwald’s Standards Committee.

And he says he and other Legislative Council members are now considering how they can resolve the situation.

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