Candidates’ Experiences

Candidates in the 2021 House of Keys General Election are being invited to respond to a questionnaire about their experience of the political process. Questions include how they first became interested in politics, what encouragement they received, and what support they would have liked to have had.

The questions have been devised by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (BIMR CWP). Responses from women will be forwarded to BIMR CWP where they will form part of a wider survey on women’s participation in politics in a number of jurisdictions.

At the request of the Isle of Man representative on the BIMR CWP Steering Committee, Mrs Ann Corlett MHK, responses in this jurisdiction are being sought from candidates of any gender. These will be separately analysed by the Isle of Man Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

The questionnaire can be downloaded from the News Pages on the Tynwald website by following a link to the news release or by contacting enquiries@tynwald.org.im. Responses are requested by 4 January 2022.

Dandara

An Isle of Man appeal to provide food vouchers and gifts to people who struggle over the festive period is being supported by Dandara for the seventh consecutive year.

Each year the Isle of Man Salvation Army makes a public appeal for toys, gifts and monetary donations which it then distributes to hundreds of local families and individuals in need. It also hosts a community meal on Boxing Day, inviting members of the community who may not otherwise have the means to celebrate the festivities or are alone over Christmas.

Captain Rachael Nieuwoudt from the Salvation Army said: ‘We are very grateful to Dandara for its continued and invaluable support. Without the backing of local companies such as Dandara and the generosity of the Island community, we simply wouldn’t be in a position to do what we do and put smiles on people’s faces at this time of year.

‘Sadly not everyone is fortunate enough to have people around them or have the means to buy gifts or a Christmas meal. We believe everyone deserves to experience a little festive cheer and do what we can to make that happen and bring the local community together at Christmas time.’

Public Meetings

Liberal Vannin have three public meetings lined up for the first quarter of the New Year, featuring MHKs Chris Thomas, Daphne Caine and Alex Allinson.

The first confirmed date for your diary is: Monday, January 17 at the Manx Legion, Douglas at 7.45pm

Chris Thomas MHK will outline his remit as Chair of the government’s new Housing & Community Board, take questions and join in a general discussion on Housing and Community Development priorities over the next five years.

Nightclubs Closing

Northern Ireland’s nightclubs will be closed from 27 December as fresh restrictions are imposed to tackle the Omicron Covid variant, BBC News understands. Stormont ministers are meeting to agree measures to help manage rising Covid cases. It is understood that nightclubs would have to close their doors at 8pm on 26 December.

Vaccines

Vulnerable primary school children should be offered a low-dose Covid vaccine, government vaccine advisers have said. Some older children should also be offered a booster in response to the Omicron variant, they have said. A low-dose version of a Covid vaccine for five to 11-year-olds has just been approved for use in the UK after being deemed safe and effective. But a decision on vaccinating all five to 11-year-olds has not yet been made.

Truly Scrumptious

Sally Ann Howes, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and My Fair Lady, has died aged 91, her family has confirmed. The Tony Award-winning actress first appeared on screen aged 12, and enjoyed a career that spanned six decades. She was best known for playing the role of Truly Scrumptious in the 1968 musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, opposite Dick Van Dyke.

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