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Short question time "sends a poor message"

MHK disappointed by lack of support for extension

The decision not to extend question time in the final sitting of Tynwald before the summer recess "sends a poor message" according to one MHK.

Bill Shimmins was one of just nine members of keys to support the extension, meaning it was voted down, despite all of LegCo being in favour except the Lord Bishop. The Middle MHK says that vote was disappointing.

Twitter users may have seen a debate developing over the last few days, between Mr Shimmins and the Policy and Reform Minister, Chris Thomas.

The duo clashed in the July sitting of Tynwald, over the Strategic Plan, and separate area plans for the Island.

The subsequent social media debate covers several topics - one of which is an issue Mr Shimmins has raised in the political arena before - shortening the summer recess:

You can watch the full interview with Tim Glover here:

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