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A unique by-election, and two new MHKs for Douglas South

Perspective

Sunday, August 30th, 2020 - 54 minutes

On the programme this week, Dollin Mercer was joined in the studio by the Isle of Man's two newest members of the House of Keys.

Voters in Douglas South headed to the polling stations on Thursday, to elect not one, but two new representatives for the constituency.

Polls opened at eight o'clock in the morning for a unique by-election which was called following the passing of Bill Malarkey in February and the resignation of Kate Costain.

There were ten candidates for those two spots - eight independents, one from Liberal Vannin and one from the Isle of Man Green Party.

Turnout was around 37%, with 1,789 votes cast.

Topping the polls, with 930 votes, was local businesswoman Claire Christian.

Joining her in Tynwald will be former pilot Paul Quine, who gathered the support of 469 constituents.