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Five women elected into IoM Legislative Council

Government Buildings in Douglas Credit: ITV

Five women have been elected as members of the Isle of Man's Legislative Council today.

Members of the House of Keys voted in favour of Jane Poole-Wilson, Kate Lord-Brennan, Tanya Humbles, Marlene Hendy and Kerry Sharpe.

15 candidates were nominated overall, with each member needing 13 votes to secure a win.

The Legislative Council is made up of 11 members, with others securing wins including Kevin Cartledge, Shirley Corlett, Dawn Joughin, Juan Kelly, Andrea Chambers, John Skinner, Alistair Ramsay, Christine Wheeler, Richard Furner and Andrew Hardy.


Northern convention could boost region's economy

The mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region are calling for a special convention to boost the northern economy:

Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham want political leaders from across the North to come together in June.

They'll discuss rail investment, Brexit and devolution.

Convention would focus on devolution, transport and Brexit Credit: ITV

Greater Manchester Mayor on a mission to end homelessness

Credit: pa

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham will deliver a speech about how homelessness in the city is being tackled.

The mayor has given a commitment to end rough sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020.

In the speech, he will outline the progress that has been made so far – recognising that whilst the problem has got worse in recent months, the response is getting better.

Figures issued last month saw an increase in rough sleeping of 42% in Greater Manchester.

The Granada Debate: why are we still fighting sexism?

100 years after women first won the right to vote - why are we still battling against sexism and gender inequality?

Are women doing enough to fight their own corner?

Watch this month's edition of the Granada Debate:


  • Seema Kennedy, the Conservative MP for South Ribble
  • Cat Smith, the Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
  • Jemima Olchawski, from the gender equality charity The Fawcett Society


Liverpool Mayor quizzed under police caution

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool Credit: pa

The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has been interviewed under caution by police. He was questioned by officers from Lancashire, relating to an ongoing fraud investigation that has seen the council's chief executive Ged Fitzgerald arrested. The interview was believed to have taken place at the end of last year. Mayor Anderson has issued a statement :

This is a hugely complex issue and one which I have been clear on from the outset of the police investigation. As Mayor, I have given instructions that Liverpool City Council, its officers and members will cooperate fully with Lancashire Police in their enquiries. In connection with that, a number of people have been voluntarily interviewed. I have met the police on several occasions as Mayor and one of those was voluntarily under caution which I positively wanted to attend to evidence my full cooperation and assistance in their enquiries. All individuals approached at the council have likewise been encouraged to co-operate fully with Lancashire Police.

The council is also providing dedicated administrative assistance to Lancashire Police for the full disclosure of required documentation and electronic data. I have committed these council resources to the police inquiry throughout the length of the investigation, with the purpose of being as cooperative and transparent as possible. As has been made known previously, the City Council is also proceeding with its own internal enquiries.

Of course, this is a live police investigation and I look forward to the time when I can comment more fully, but I am sure you will appreciate that at this point the council is limited as to what it can say, so that the integrity of the police investigation is not prejudiced. I fully respect that position.

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

A hundred years of female suffrage celebrated in North West

It's now 100 years since the first women won the vote after years of bitter struggle involving violence, forced-feeding, and widespread prejudice.

This report from Daniel Hewitt looks at those women from the North West who fought and sometimes died for their rights.

The suffragettes said the time for talking was over - they wanted action under the banner: In Deeds not words.

IoM abortion reform passes major stage

Dr Alex Allinson in the House of Keys today. Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

Plans to reform abortion law on the Isle of Man have passed a major hurdle in the House of Keys.

Parliament held its second reading to discuss proposals today for reform, which would mirror the law in the UK.

Efforts to form an investigating committee - which some MHKs feared would delay the reforms for more than a year - were defeated eighteen votes to five.

It'll now go through to the amendment stage.

At present, abortions can only be carried out on the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns under the Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995.

Members of the House of Keys debated the decision of taking the Bill to a committee for two to three hours - Chris Robertshaw led the motion but was unsuccessful.

Let us now seize the opportunity to move forward with a piece of legislation fit for our society, our island, and our century.

– Dr Alex Allinson MHK
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