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As the Isle of Man prepares for a general election, we find out who the candidates are

Later this week - voters will go the polls in the Isle of Man's general election.

The island is almost entirely self-governing and the 24 successful representatives will control virtually every aspect of public life, from law and order to health.

There's been a form of government in theIsland for 1000 years.

So what does the future hold for this former Viking settlement?

Adam McClean has been to the island to find out.


Family in desperate bid to government for son's treatment

A family on the Isle of Man who have desperately tried to convince the government to fund drug treatment for their son will have to move away.

Finley Hesketh, 7, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare muscle-wasting disease which largely affects boys.

His parents have tried in vain to pledge for funding of Translarna from the Island's Government who say they don't have the funds to pay for it.

Watch: Isle of Man Cricket Team prepare for Swedish tournament

The Isle of Man Cricket team are on their way to Sweden to play in the World Cricket League.

Over the next 5 days the squad will play alongside Sweden, Germany, Gibraltar, Israel and Spain. They're currently in division two but if they do well it could pave the way for them to compete in the World Cricket League and Cricket World Cup.

Cricket coach Greig Wright told Helen McKenna how the tournament will play out.


Mark Cavendish 'Gold would've been nicer'

Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish has spoken to Granada Reports Credit: ITV Granada

Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish has spoken to Granada Reports about finally winning an Olympic medal - but had to settle for silver in the men's omnium at Rio.

After eight years of trying and at the third time of asking, Cavendish finished behind Italy's Elia Viviani, while defending champion Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark took bronze.

He told Tony Morris:

I'm a winner, so gold would've been nicer, but I did everything I could for it.

– Mark Cavendish

Speaking about being one of the very few people on the Isle of Man to have an Olympic medal - Peter Kennaugh MBE won gold in with his team in London 2012 - Cavendish said:

It's really good, you know. Two Olympic medals in two games for such a small population is pretty special.

– Mark Cavendish

Barbara Gibb, mother of the Bee Gees, dies aged 95

The mother of iconic family pop trio the Bee Gees, Barbara Gibb, has died at the age of 95.

Barbara with her sons, the Bee Gees. Credit:

Mrs Gibb had lived in the United States for the last 20 years but was born and raised in Manchester.

She was living on the Isle of Man when she had the three sons - Barry, Robin and Maurice - who would go on to form the Bee Gees.

The family later moved to Chorlton, Manchester, before emigrating to Australia in the late 50s. They returned to the UK in the 60s as their careers took off.

Maurice Gibb died in 2003 and his twin, Robin, died in 2012.

Mrs Gibb's husband Hugh died in 1992. She was also the mother of Andy Gibb, a successful musician in his own right who died in 1988, and a daughter, Lesley.

It's understood she died on Friday with family and friends at her side.

Barry's official Facebook page announced the news, alongside a photograph of her laughing and joking with her chart-topping sons.

Watch: Family release final moments of bike-crash victims life

The mother of a biker killed in a head-on crash in the Isle of Man is asking the public to watch a video of his final moments. Lewis Clark died instantly when another rider crossed into his lane without warning.

And the family of the other rider has also given permission for the footage to be released, in the hope it acts as a powerful road safety message to others.
You may find some of the images in our report tonight upsetting. Here's Rob Smith’s report:

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