It won’t be a major reshuffle, says Bell

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A long-awaited reshuffle of political posts in government will be unveiled this week by Chief Minister Allan Bell.

He insisted that this will not be a major reshuffle, suggesting that there will no changes in the cabinet line-up.

Mr Bell announced back in February that he was considering a reshuffle in the spring after the Legislative Council elections.

Those elections saw Geoff Corkish elevated to the upper house, sparking a by-election in the Douglas West constituency.

Mr Bell said he had used the election as an opportunity to review the positions of a number of members.

He said he was looking at Ministers as well as political members of departments.

Mr Bell said he had now spoken to all members.

He joked: ‘We are now close to white smoke!’

But he added: ‘This will not be a major reshuffle. It’s a fairly limited review based on the obvious consequences of the Legislative Council election.

‘This has been an opportunity to review the positions of a number of members to ensure they have the right level of experience and are making the right level of contribution.

‘I’m considering the whole of government, looking at all members including Ministers. I have now spoken to all members and I will be making an announcement early this week.’

Four candidates will contest the Douglas West by-election which takes place on Thursday May 23.

They are Clive Phillip Dawson, a semi-retired consultant, social worker Quintin Gill, John Skinner, a retired fire officer and financial analyst Christopher Thomas.

A fifth candidate, taxi driver Martin Moore, decided to withdraw his name before nominations closed.

Elections to fill four vacant seats in LegCo took place on March 18. Tony Wild and Juan Turner won back their seat with new members being Geoff Corkish and Manx Labour Party member Michael Coleman.

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