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Big names toppled in Keys Election

It's three of the previous administration out, and six new faces following the General Election today.

Environment Minister John Rimmington has been sensationally ousted in Rushen by newcomer, 26 year old Juan Watterson topping the poll with over 2400 votes.

After 20 years, Hazel Hannan has lost her seat in Peel. Town Commissioner, 46 year old Tim Crookall emerged victorious by just over 100 votes after a second recount.

Captain Andrew Douglas was also a casualty when he was defeated in Malew & Santon by Graham Cregeen, the margin just 134 votes.

Leonard Singer's gamble of resigning from Leg'co to contest the election failed. Anne Craine topped the poll with Allan Bell also elected.

Newcomer Geoff Corkish has been elected to serve alongside John Shimmin in West Douglas.

Also a new member, this time in Douglas South, Bill Malarkey brings a Party political aspect to the Keys.

He's the first member of the newly formed Liberal vannin Party and was recently joined by Party Leader Peter Karran who took the most votes across the Island to win Onchan with 2600 votes.

Richard Corkill's vacant seat was filled by former Commissioner, David Quirk. Mr Quirk had failed on three previous occasions to enter the House, but today he starts life in the political area.

The first big challenge facing the House of Keys, is to elect a new Chief Minister.

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