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Isle of Man
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This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of
the Isle of Man

  • Government
  • Council of Ministers
  • Chief Minister: Hon. Allan Bell MHK
  • Minister for the Treasury: Hon. Eddie Teare MHK
  • Minister for Economic Development: Hon. John Shimmin MHK
  • Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture: Hon. Phil Gawne MHK
  • Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure: Hon. Tim Crookall MHK
  • Minister for Education and Children: Hon. Peter Karran MHK
  • Minister for Health: Hon. David Anderson MHK
  • Minister for Home Affairs: Hon. Juan Watterson MHK
  • Minister for Infrastructure: Hon. David Cretney MHK
  • Minister for Social Care: Hon. Chris Robertshaw MHK
  • Chief Secretary: Will Greenhow

  • Keys Constituencies
  • Local Government
  • Political parties
  • Elections

  • Officials of State
  • Parish Captains

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The Chief Minister (Manx: Ard-choylargh) is the executive head of the Isle of Man Government. He is the Prime Minister of the island.

The office comes from that of Chairman of the Executive Council. Before 1980 the Executive Council was chaired by the Lieutenant Governor, but afterwards the chairman was elected by Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man. The title was changed to "Chief Minister" in 1986.

The Chief Minister is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor on the nomination of Tynwald after a general election of the House of Keys. He holds office until the next general election (i.e., for 5 years), and is eligible for re-appointment, but may be removed from office by Tynwald on a vote of no confidence in the Council of Ministers.

After the general election in November 2006, Mr John Shimmin MHK, Mr Stephen Rodan MHK (Minister for Health and Social Security) and Mr David Cannan MHK (former Minister for the Treasury) tried to become Chief Minister, but none got enough votes in Tynwald. On a second vote Mr Tony Brown (Speaker of the House of Keys) was nominated unopposed.

Chief Ministers

  • Miles Walker MHK (December, 1986 - December 3, 1996)
  • Donald Gelling MLC (December 3, 1996 - December 4, 2001)
  • Richard Corkill MHK (December 4, 2001 - December 14, 2004)
  • Allan Bell MHK (December 14, 2004, caretaker as Chairman of the Council of Ministers)
  • Donald Gelling MLC (December 14, 2004 - December 14, 2006)
  • Tony Brown MHK (December 14, 2006 – Present)


Year Candidates & Votes Elected

Round 1:

  • John Shimmin - 8, 10, 11, 12 votes
  • Steve Rodan - 9, 9, 9, 8 votes
  • David Cannan - 8,7 votes

Round 2:

  • Donald Gelling - 29 votes
  • Donald Gelling
  • Richard Corkill - 21 votes
  • Edgar Quine - 10 votes
  • Richard Corkill
  • Donald Gelling - 21 votes
  • Edgar Quine - 12 votes
  • Donald Gelling
  • Sir Miles Walker
  • Colonel Dr Edgar Mann
  • Sir Miles Walker
  • Sir Miles Walker
  • Sir Miles Walker

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