Bishop should keep vote says committee

Lisvane recommendations altered

A body tasked with reviewing the structure of Tynwald says if the Lord Bishop is to remain a member of the Manx parliament, he must play a full role.

The third report of the specially-formed Committee on the Functioning of Tynwald will be put before both branches of the Court next week (20 Feb).

Based on principles agreed by members in the wake of the Lisvane Report, the document lays out recommendations on the Bishop's role, pay, and professional development.

In June last year, Tynwald voted in favour of retaining the Bishop's position on the Legislative Council.

A letter sent by the Archbishop of York to the committee warned if the Bishop was to lose his vote in Parliament, the Island could lose the diocese of Sodor and Mann.

The body recommends the Bishop retains this right to vote, but as a member of Tynwald, must 'excise that right, and count to the quorum of the Court'.

Other recommendations in this report outline training and professional development opportunities for Tynwald members, and that the parliament should establish a review into members' pay.

One of the caveats is that any changes must not result in an overall increase in pay for members, but that salaries must be 'sufficient to allow anyone to serve'.








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