A new Chief Minister..
Long political weeks seem to be a theme of late. I wonder when short political weeks ever happen? We continued our Induction training with sessions on data security, the work of the Cabinet Office, a meet the media session and some speed dating with Govt Departments to help us put names and faces together. I think it might have been slight overkill as by the end of 4 hours the names and the faces were becoming a bit of a blur!
And then we come to the first big decision, who should be our Chief Minister. I had been approached by Alex Allinson who asked if I would stand to propose him, and so I ended up this morning giving my maiden speech to the House in order to do that. By now you'll know that the vote went 14:8 to Alf Cannan and I think that reflects how very strong both candidates were. Both had ministerial appointment, both had recognised the need to reduce the use of Comin's block vote and to include a wider consultation to set the Programme for Government. I look forward to seeing how Mr Cannan's ministerial appointments shape up over the next few days. And then of course to getting on with taking decisions...
Michelle was elected to serve in the Isle of Man House of Keys in September 2021. These blogs are her personal view on being part of the oldest continuous parliament in the world.