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Ex-weekly journalist elected to island parliament

daphne-caineA former weekly newspaper journalist has been elected to the parliament of the Isle of Man.

As previously reported on HTFP, Daphne Caine stood as an independent in the island’s general election for seats in the House of Keys, its parliament the Tynwald’s lower chamber.

Daphne, left, worked as a reporter with Isle of Man Newspapers from 1989 to 1996 before taking up a career with the island’s civil service.

She was one of two members elected for the Garff constituency.

Initially it was thought Daphne had finished third in the ballot, 18 votes behind nearest rival Andrew Smith.

However, two unopened ballot boxes were then found and, after being counted, put her 20 votes ahead.

Daphne’s election was confirmed following a recount.

She said: “I will work tirelessly for the people of Garff and the Isle of Man to build a positive future. I am delighted that so many women have been elected and can see a sea change in the Isle of Man and a change of culture in government.

“Thank you to my husband and to my amazing campaign manager and for the help, advice, support, uplifting comments and putting things in perspective. I am looking forward to the hard work and starting to built a positive future for the Isle of Man.”

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