King is the Clerk

The Tynwald Management Committee has recommended the appointment of Dr Jonathan King as Clerk of Tynwald with effect from September 24. This will follow the retirement of Roger Phillips, who has served in the role since 2008.

On being appointed, Mr King said: ‘It is a great honour to serve in Tynwald and a still greater honour to have been nominated for the post of Clerk of Tynwald. I am very much looking forward to serving Tynwald and the public in this new role.’

Mr King, 49, moved to the Island with his family in 2007 to take up the post of Deputy Clerk of Tynwald. He was previously a UK civil servant, serving in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and Ministry of Justice. Alongside his parliamentary duties, he has delivered training in parliamentary law and practice to Isle of Man civil servants and trainee Manx advocates, and in parliamentary history through University College Isle of Man.

Speaker Juan Watterson added: ‘I congratulate Dr King on his nomination for the role of Clerk of Tynwald, following a robust interview process against high quality off-island applicants. This is an exciting time to take on the top role with an increasing focus on parliamentary scrutiny, the dynamics of a new administration, and building on Tynwald’s reputation for innovation with tradition.’

The new Clerk of Tynwald Jonathan King

Arts Aid

Arts Aid, the independent charity offering financial assistance to Manx students for study in the arts, is inviting further applications for its 2021 scholarships. Now in its fourth year, Arts Aid will soon be reviewing new applications as well as those from existing scholars wishing to be considered for renewal of their scholarships for a further year. 

Arts Aid is seeking candidates who are exceptionally talented in their respective fields.  The application process is competitive and funding is limited.  Accordingly, candidates are requested to submit their application no later than June 15 in order to be considered. Candidates will be shortlisted for interview based on their applications and it is expected that those who are shortlisted will be advised of this before the end of June.

Chairman David Wertheim said: ‘Arts Aid recognises that the circumstances of the past year have been especially challenging for students and that, in response, some educational institutions have introduced changed admission arrangements. In consequence, the Directors have decided that on an exceptional basis we may this year be prepared to consider late applications.  Prospective applicants are advised, nevertheless, that our ability to accommodate any late application will depend on the number of awards already offered and accepted.’

Any candidate wishing to apply for a scholarship, should e-mail the Secretary at: applications@arts-aid.org.

Making a Killing

A murder myestery night has raised £1,400 for Port St Mary Lifeboat. The event, held on April 30 saw the Suspect Players act out ‘The Rock n Roll Murder’. A spokesman said: ‘Everyone at Port St Mary Lifeboat would like to thank you for your continued support in helping to raise vital funds to keep Saving Lives At Sea. Also a massive thank you once again to the “Suspect Players” who made it such a wonderful event!’

The Suspect Players have been entertaining audiences across the island with their murder themed dinners for over 10 years and have raised about £50,000 for various local charities.

More Money Outside Politics

Sky News is reporting that former PM David Cameron has said he was paid a ‘generous annual amount’ which was ‘far more than I earned as prime minister’ to lobby on behalf of a now-collapsed financial services firm.

Mr Cameron is appearing in front of two Commons committees to answer questions about his actions on behalf of Greensill Capital.

Israel Palestine

Sky has also reported that Israeli tanks and troops are gathering on the country’s border with Gaza as conflict with Hamas militants continue to escalate. A military spokesman said combat troops were in ‘various stages of preparing ground operations’, while Israel kept up its bombing campaign in Gaza as the four-day hostilitie showed no sign of abating.

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