Political surgeries for the year are confirmed as per the list below.

No dates yet for the summer months, given the lower turnout experienced in good weather! However, Daphne is planning an open invitation to have a ‘Cuppa with your MHK’ on Laxey prom instead as that is where she gets to talk to more constituents about local concerns.

Please check local media and social media for outdoor surgery dates. Please also confirm the announced surgeries nearer each date in case of cancellation owing to illness for instance.

All are listed on the 2023 wall calendar, delivered by IoM Post early January.  If you have not received a copy or would like additional copies please contact Daphne or download it here.

Political surgery dates with Daphne Caine MHK and a local commissioner, some to be confirmed (TBC):

Saturday January 28 at Garff Commissioners Office, New Road, Laxey 1030- midday with Mel Christian

Saturday March 11 at Garff Commissioners Office, New Road, Laxey 1030-midday with Tim Kenyon

Thursday 13 April at Archibald Knox pub meeting room, Avondale Road, Onchan 5-6pm, with Onchan Commissioner TBC

Saturday May 13 at Garff Commissioners Office, New Road, Laxey 1030- midday Jamie Smith

Saturday June 24 at Garff Commissioners Office, New Road, Laxey 1030- midday Marinda Fargher

Saturday October 14 at Garff Commissioners Office, New Road, Laxey 1030- midday  Aishlinn Creer TBC

Thursday November 23 at Archibald Knox pub meeting room, Avondale Road, Onchan 5-6pm with Onchan commissioner TBC

No booking required – just drop in.

Local commissioners will be co-hosting political surgeries with Daphne Caine during 2022.
Onchan Commissioner and Manx Labour Party policy officer Fenella Logan will co-host a political surgery on Thursday 16 June 2022 at the Archibald Knox meeting room from 5.30-6.30pm.
Meanwhile, Garff Commissioner Melanie Christian will co-host the next scheduled surgery in Laxey on Saturday 17 September 2022 from 1030 to midday.
All constituents are welcome to attend with no appointment needed.

Thank you to all Garff constituents for re-electing me to serve in the House of Keys for a further five years.

I was humbled to top the poll with 1122 votes within such a strong field of candidates. I pledge to work on behalf of all Garff constituents and in the best interests of the Isle of Man in Tynwald.

It is pleasing to be part of a history-making House of Keys, which saw a record 10 women elected on 23 September 2021. I look forward to a more gender balanced Council of Ministers taking the island forward with progressive policies that put the Isle of Man community at the heart of its decision making.

Congratulations to Andrew Smith on also being elected as a Member for Garff, and my thanks to Martyn Perkins for all our joint working over the past five years.

The first political surgery has been arranged for Saturday 13 November at Garff Commissioners Office, New Road Laxey, from 1030am until midday. We will be joined by newly elected Garff Commissioners Melanie Christian and Aishlinn Creer. All Garff constituents welcome.

Please contact me by email daphne.caine@gov.im or phone (office) 651519 to raise any constituency matters.

Best wishes


It has been an honour to represent you for the past five years as MHK for Garff.

Having lived at the heart of the constituency for 25 years with my husband Chris and our two children, who now attend Ramsey Grammar School, I have sought to put the issues that matter to you at the forefront of all that I have done locally and in Tynwald.

I care passionately about the future of our island and have been actively working at local and national level to press for positive changes to benefit residents of Garff and the wider island.

My vision is for the Isle of Man to become a beacon of sustainable living, with affordable homes and increased environmental awareness. A place that harnesses a variety of renewable energy generation and becomes a centre of educational excellence, attracting graduates to return and study here. A place with exciting varied job opportunities, where entertainment and outdoor activities abound, and with fair taxation supporting services for the most vulnerable and removing inequalities from the youngest to the elderly.

If elected I pledge to work for a positive future for all the residents of Garff and the Isle of Man adhering to the principles of fairness, openness and security outlined in my manifesto for the benefit of the whole community.
Hopefully my track record in Tynwald and the constituency, working with and responding to the concerns of the community, demonstrates my strong commitment to you.

Full details of my policy priorities for the next five years can be found in my 2021 manifesto – available here. Copies are scheduled to be delivered to every home in the Garff constituency by mid-September. You can see what I hope to achieve in future in the manifesto for 2021 and compare my work over the past five years with what I said I would do when I first stood for election in 2016.

Please contact me if for any reason you do not receive a copy, or if would like it in a more accessible format – Braille, audio or large print.

Polling day for the House of Keys General Election is Thursday 23 September 2021 from 8am to 8pm. Please take time to vote. I would be grateful if you would give me one of your two votes to continue working hard for a positive future for our community and the Isle of Man.

Very best wishes


Daphne Caine has declared her intention to stand for re-election in Garff.

Maughold resident Mrs Caine, who has represented the constituency since 2016, said her priorities are education, the environment and island infrastructure, especially roads and flood mitigation.

Mrs Caine confirmed she will stand again as an independent candidate. She said:

‘I have worked constantly on a wide variety of constituency issues both before and during the pandemic, and I’m aware many face uncertain times as we come out of the health crisis.

‘I believe we need to focus on better social and environmental policies that benefit more people and a speedier adoption of renewable energy. Housing remains a concern as does general health and social care provision, and government accountability and openness is still not where it should be.

‘I am also passionate about conserving our heritage and celebrating our culture to ensure the Island remains attractive as a place to work and raise a family,’ she added.

A former journalist with 20 years of communications and customer service experience within the public sector, Mrs Caine has been political lead of Digital Isle of Man since being appointed to serve on the Deprtment for Enterprise.

In parliament she brought forward a private member’s bill that will enable no fault divorces on the island and has spoken frequently on education and environmental issues, including tabling the Tynwald motion declaring the climate crisis.

The Isle of Man General Election will be held on Thursday 23 September 2021.
Daphne Caine outside Legislative Buildings (May 2021)

2021 Calendar

To download this year calendar with 2021 political surgery, Elections, Isle of Man school holidays and other notable dates and including useful contacts please  click here.

Political surgery dates 2021

Garff political surgeries have been scheduled for the following dates and times in Laxey:

Saturday 16 January 2021 from 10.30am to midday CANCELLED owing to lockdown – date to be rescheduled

Saturday 10 April 2021 from 10.30am to midday

Both will be held at Garff Commissioners Office on New Road. A Garff Commissioner may also attend.

Additional surgeries will be held at the Archibald Knox meeting room on Avondale Road, Onchan:

Saturday 6 March 2021 from midday to 1pm

Saturday 19 June from midday to 1pm

Please see local media for information on additional political surgery dates, which will be confirmed after the House of Keys General Election due to be held on Thursday 23 September 2021.

All constituents are welcome to attend

Any constituency issues can be raised at the surgery with me or Martyn Perkins MHK.

Contact us direct to arrange a private appointment:
Office Tel: 651519 / 651518
Email: daphne.caine@gov.im

Legislation that would enable no fault divorces on the Isle of Man is scheduled to go before the House of Keys for its second reading on Friday (15 May 2020).

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation (Isle of Man) Bill is a private member’s bill brought forward by Garff MHK Daphne Caine.

She commented: “This is a short bill with a far reaching potential impact. If approved it will remove the need for divorcing couples to cite adultery or unreasonable behaviour in order to obtain a divorce in less than two years. The aim is to reduce the adversarial nature of divorce, which it’s believed will lessen the negative impact on the couple and any children involved. It would take out blame and increase the honesty of the divorce process.”

At present if both parties agree, divorce is permitted after a separation of two years but it is a five year wait if one party does not agree to divorce. Under the bill, a couple would be able to apply singly or jointly and obtain a final divorce or dissolution in six months, simply by confirming their marriage or civil partnership had irretrievably broken down.

The legislation is similar to a bill now being progressed through the House of Lords, promoted by the UK Government. In countries where no fault divorce is permitted, rates of fault based divorce reduce from 60% to 6%.

The Isle of Man bill follows a recommendation from a working party of family law advocates who researched the matter on the island.

And in a recent public consultation 94% of respondents supported reforming the law on these lines on the Isle of Man.

Of the 192 individuals who responded to the consultation –

• 94% supported the no fault divorce principle

• 96% agreed couples should be able to apply jointly or singly

• 62% supported a 26 week process as proposed

• 25% supported no minimum period

The full consultation results can be seen here.

2020 Political Surgeries

Saturday 11th January at 10:30 – 12:00 – Laxey – Garff Commissioners Office, Main Road.

Saturday 7th March at 10:30 – 12:00 – Maughold – Glen Mona Hotel, Ramsey Coast Road.

Wednesday 6th May 17:00 – 18:00 – Onchan – Archibald Knox pub meeting room, Avondale Rd.

Saturday 25th July at 10:30 – 12:00 – Laxey – Garff Commissioners Office, Main Road.

Saturday October 3 12:00 – 13:00 – Onchan – Archibald Knox pub meeting room, Avondale Rd.

Saturday November 7 Laxey 10:30 – 12:00 – Laxey – Garff Commissioners Office, Main Road.

All constituents are welcome to attend

Any constituency issues can be raised at the surgery with me or Martyn Perkins MHK.

Contact us direct to arrange a private appointment:
Office Tel: 651519 / 651518
Email: daphne.caine@gov.im

Isle of Man residents are being invited to give their opinion on changing the divorce process on the Isle of Man.

The public consultation launched today on https://consult.gov.im/ seeks views on moving to a modern process that would enable a couple to apply jointly for a divorce or dissolution of civil partnership without having to state the reason why.

Significantly a couple could finalise their divorce in 26 weeks if the proposed legislation is approved. At present if both couples agree to divorce they must wait two years; where one party does not agree to divorce the separation period is five years. A divorce can be achieved more quickly where ‘fault’ is agreed – where one partner takes the blame for adultery or unreasonable behaviour.

Garff MHK Daphne Caine was given leave to introduce a Private Member’s Bill in October 2018 that sought ‘to amend the grounds for divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and judicial separation; and for connected purposes’.

Mrs Caine said: ‘Divorce is acknowledged as one of the most stressful life events a person can experience, second only to the death of a loved one.

‘However, once couples have decided to divorce or dissolve their civil partnership, the process can be a lengthy one and have a long term negative impact on the couple and on children in particular. The purpose of bringing forward this Bill is to make divorcing a more honest, simpler and less stressful process.’

The public consultation reveals the island’s recent divorce statistics:

These show that in the past three years ‘fault’ based divorces – where the cause was given as adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour – have been around 56 to 61% – similar to England’s average of 60%.

However, in Scotland where no fault divorces are available, the figure is closer to six per cent for fault based divorces.

Family law advocate Hazel Smith commented:  ‘Ethical family lawyers sign up to a code of practice which requires us to seek to minimise conflict during the divorce process.  However the process itself, which in around 60% of cases means that one party blames the other for the breakdown, fans the flames of conflict.  The study of 2017* reports that 62% of petitioners and 78% of respondents said using fault had made the process more bitter.

‘A total of 21% of respondents in a fault based divorce said that fault had made it harder to sort out arrangements for the children and 31% said it made it harder to come to a solution on finances.  This flies in the face of modern, problem-solving family justice.  The current law is over 50 years old.  It has been criticised for decades in many reports and in Law Commission reviews.  This new legislation is a real opportunity to minimise the consequences of relationship breakdown for all – adults, children, the court system, Treasury and society as a whole.’

The consultation remains open until 2 January 2020 at: https://consult.gov.im/private-members/no-fault-divorce-legislation/

*The Nuffield Foundation report referred to above, published October 2017 can be found here:

Full report: https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/sites/default/files/files/Finding_Fault_full_report_v_FINAL.pdf

Paper copies of the consultation are available on request and from the Welcome Centre in the Sea Terminal, Douglas.