Manx politicians sacked from education department

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Two Isle of Man politicians have been sacked from the education department after controversy over budget cuts.

In Tynwald on Tuesday Zac Hall and John Houghton withheld their vote after a debate over the decision to cut pre-school funding on the Isle of Man.

By failing to support the education minister in the debate, the pair were in breach of ministerial conduct.

The chief minister said they had now been replaced by Tony Wild and Juan Turner from the Legislative Council.

£350 yearly grant

In February MLC Dudley Butt resigned over the same issue.

He said he could not continue after his point of view was not accepted.

On Tuesday Tynwald voted to go ahead with the education cuts which will see the closure of 11 pre-school government-run centres in the Isle of Man.

Instead, parents of children in this age group will now be given a grant of at least £350 per year to help meet private nursery costs.

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