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Removing bishop's vote would be 'very sad day' for Island's faith communities

Diocese of Sodor and Man describes situation as 'very disappointing' 

Removing the vote from the Isle of Man’s bishop would be a ‘very sad day’ for all faith communities on the Island.

That’s the view of the Diocese of Sodor and Man which says the bishop is part of Tynwald to provide a ‘voice for the voiceless’.

Plans to restrict the postholder from having a vote in the Legislative Council and Tynwald are progressing as part of the Isle of Man Constitution Bill.

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If successful the bishop would continue to be a member of both bodies with the same right to speak.

The diocese has described the situation as ‘very disappointing’ and queried why the idea isn’t part of a larger motion to consider other ex-officio roles that hold voting rights.

Reverend Canon John Coldwell is the director of communications from the diocese:

The Church of England is in the process of appointing a new bishop - the Crown Nominations Commission will meet in January to progress this.

The Diocese of Sodor and Man is now asking people to contact their MHKs ‘as a matter of urgency’ to ask them to think carefully before they ‘undo something that is of such value’ to the Island.

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