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Nigel Dobson: Manx election candidate handed drinking and driving ban

Nigel Anthony Dobson: BBC Politics Show
Image caption Nigel Anthony Dobson was one of five candidates who stood for election in the Garff constituency

A candidate who stood in last week's Manx general election has been banned from driving for five years for drinking and driving.

Nigel Dobson, 63, of Ballachrink Drive, Onchan, was stopped by police on Groudle Road on 2 September.

He was arrested at 01:00 BST after a breath test revealed he had 52 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35.

Dobson finished last of the five candidates in the Garff constituency.

Registering 231 votes on 22 September, he was soundly beaten by Daphne Caine and Martyn Perkins, who secured 1,270 and 1,767 votes respectively to be elected to the House of Keys.

Magistrates at Douglas Court House told Dobson, who was also fined £1,000, that he must retake his driving test and attend a rehabilitation course before he can drive again.

Candidate Affiliation Votes Status
Andrew Barton Independent 346
Daphne Caine Independent 1,270 Elected
Nigel Dobson Independent 231
Martyn Perkins Independent 1,767 Elected
Andrew Smith Independent 1,247

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