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IoM abortion reform passes first stage of Legislative Council

The public entrance to the Legislative Buildings Credit: ITV

The Isle of Man Abortion Reform Bill has passed its first stage in the Legislative Council.

Yesterday the Bill, proposed by Dr Alex Allinson MHK, was scrutinised by members during its first reading in the Legislative Council Chambers.

Lord Bishop Peter Eagles said while the Bill protects mothers, it "doesn't protect an unborn child." He suggested the Bill be sent to a committee, which was rejected in the House of Keys.

The second reading will take place in the near future.

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IoM landline issues with 999 calls fixed following disruption

Telecommunications company Manx Telecom's headquarters in Braddan Credit: Google Maps

A fault which prevented landline numbers from calling 999 on the Isle of Man has now been resolved.

Yesterday Manx Telecom apologised to customers who could not contact the Emergency Services from around 8:35am, stating that the problems were due to failed ISDN circuits.

Mobile phones were still able to connect, while landlines were delayed for hours.

Noble’s Hospital, Government departments, Manx Telecom headquarters and a number of local businesses were also affected.

Otherwise successful tests have now taken place to resolve all of the issues that affected fixed line calls to/from some customers this morning. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank our customers for their patience

– Manx Telecom

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