Gawne wants to abolish Legislative Council

Phil Gawne MHK

Phil Gawne MHK

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A government minister is proposing to introduce a law to abolish the Legislative Council.

Phil Gawne, who’s the Minister of Environment, Food and Agriculture and one of Rushen’s three MHKs, is seeking leaving to introduce the measure in next week’s House of Keys sitting.

The issue of LegCo reform has been a running sore in Manx politics, with recent attempts to reform it meeting failure.

Legislative Council is a second chamber of the Manx parliament. It revises laws.

Members are not elected directly by the public. They are elected by MHKs and the Bishop gets a seat automatically.

MLCs also sit in Tynwald and take on jobs in government departments, for which they get extra money.

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