Residents to have say at open Big Debate sessions

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Have your say

The next round of Big Debates starts tonight - and this time the sessions are open to all.

Attendance at the first four Big Debate was by invite only.

But two further meetings this week - in Douglas and Peel - will be open to all with seating and individual remote voting handsets being allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tonight’s meeting takes place at the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre in Douglas. On Thursday, the venue will be the QEII High School Assembly Hall in Peel.

At both, doors will open to the public at 7pm, and the event will start at 7.30pm prompt.

The first round of meetings in Douglas, Ramsey, Peel and Port Erin were well attended, with the public discussing a wide range of topics with Minister for Policy and Reform Chris Robertshaw and Treasury Minister Eddie Teare.

The use of the handheld remote voting system was hailed a success by both the audiences and the Ministers - but there was criticism that some of the questions asked were too open-ended.

Mr Robertshaw said: ‘Everyone is invited to take part in our national conversation. We have not attempted anything like this before and the engagement of the audiences so far has been useful and encouraging. The island is facing some very big challenges.’

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