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No permanent London representative for Isle of Man

Wed, 15 Nov 2017

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK
Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK

The Chief Minister insists the Island doesn't need permanent representation in London.

Howard Quayle admits engagement with the UK is more important than ever due to Brexit and the recent Paradise Papers scandal, but doesn't think there would be enough benefit for the cost.

Speaking at this week's sitting of the House of Keys, Mr Quayle said there would still be a need for political and expert representation and that a permanent London office would be difficult to justify in the current financial situation.

MHKs Julie Edge and Alex Allinson both suggested a permanent Manx presence in London could improve and defend the Island's reputation in Westminster, but the Chief Minister insists it wouldn't be the best use of funds at the present time.

However, he did commit to review the situation should there be a sudden change of circumstance in the future.


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