Funding

Manx Lottery Trust has awarded Victim Support Isle of Man more than £49,000 from the Dormant Assets Fund to help fund a Volunteer Coordinator and Training Officer. The new position, which was filled by Gemma Sutton in December 2021, will enable the charity to expand and improve its use of volunteers to help with current and future challenges in both fundraising and generating income.

Paula Gelling, Manager at Victim Support Isle of Man, said: ‘We are indebted to Manx Lottery Trust for this generous grant. It will open up new opportunities for training and development within our team and ensure our quality of services are maintained and improved. We are really looking forward to seeing Gemma progress in theVolunteer Coordinator and Training Officer role – she has already hit the ground running and is making a positive contribution to our operations.’

Hogg

Volunteers from The Hogg Motorsport Association have returned home after two days of intensive rescue training in Lancaster, with travel support from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. 

Seven crew members from The Hogg Motorsport Association, part of the Rob Vine Fund, attended the training weekend run by Emergency Mobile Medical Unit (EMMU). This involved demonstrations of the latest extrication techniques for rally cars, giving the crews practice in using their Holmatro hydraulic cutting tools and how to safely remove people from vehicles.

Dr David Stevens MBE, Secretary and Director of the Rob Vine Fund, said: ‘Although we have been able to undertake medical, fire and rescue training on the Island throughout the pandemic, we haven’t had the opportunity to travel to Lancaster for EMMU’s training since 2019, so it was exciting for our volunteers to get back to it. This training is applicable to Isle of Man rallies as well as the various stock car events that we cover, so it’s really beneficial for our crew to attend.’

Boris

Boris Johnson is facing further calls to resign, with Tobias Ellwood joining those Tory MPs urging a vote on his premiership. The former minister said he had submitted a letter of no confidence in the PM, amid the ongoing row over lockdown parties in Downing Street. Devon MP Anthony Mangnall also revealed on Wednesday he has done the same, criticising Mr Johnson’s ‘mistruths’.

At PMQs today, Mr Johnson did not address questions about events held in No 10.

A handful of Tory MPs have publicly revealed they have submitted letters to the backbench group which runs leadership contests. At least 54 need to write to the committee chairman Sir Graham Brady to set up a vote on the PM’s future.  But the exact number of MPs who have taken this step is not known.

Jailed

Five Insulate Britain campaigners have been jailed for defying a government injunction preventing them from protesting on the M25. The activists, who held a demonstration on the motorway in September, were all charged with contempt of court. Ben Taylor, Ellie Litten, Theresa Norton, Stephen Pritchard and Diana Warner were given jail terms lasting between 24 and 42 days. Eleven others from the group received suspended prison sentences.

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