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Five re-election campaigns fall short

Fri, 23 Sep 2016

Five politicians who were seeking re-election to the House of Keys lost their seats at the General Election.

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne was among those to miss out, falling just 19 votes short in Arbory, Castletown and Malew.

Leonard Singer regained his Ramsey seat in 2011 following a stint on the Legislative Council, but was unable to secure the same support this time around.

David Quirk was the only one of the three MHKs from the old Onchan constituency to seek re-election, but he couldn't clinch a third term, while Douglas East's Jon Joughin misses out just 10 months after winning his seat in a by-election.

Controversial Douglas North MHK John Houghton - who has been suspended from the House since May - lost his seat, with Douglas Councillor David Ashford topping the poll alongside incumbent Ralph Peake.

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