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Manx democracy milestone marked

Symposium on Keys 150th anniversary of democratic elections

It's been 150 years since the first popularly-elected House of Keys entered office in the Isle of Man - a democratic landmark being celebrated this month.

Tynwald and University College Isle of Man held a symposium called The 'House of Keys: Power, Parliament and the People' at the weekend .

The focus was social and economic context of events behind Manx reform movements in the 18th and 19th centuries, and legislative and constitutional history.

Guest speakers included Dr Kit Gawne, Dr Robert Fyson, Dr Mike Hoy MBE, Mike J Southhall MBE, and William Cain CBE TH.

Another notable name present was Oxford Brooks University Professor Peter Edge, who specialises in Manx law.

He explains why it's such a significant milestone:

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