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.
Thanks for clarifying. Presume departments will not whip in October?Tynwald voted 17 - 13 against the Baker, Cabinet Office amendment. Look forward to October, just a shame we have to wait. Longest parliamentary Summer recess in British Isles! https://t.co/Gv3B4VKN5B— Bill Shimmins MHK (@billshimmins) July 30, 2019
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: