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Politics and government of
the Isle of Man

  • Lord of Mann: Elizabeth II
  • Lieutenant Governor: Adam Wood
  • Deputy Governor: David Doyle
  • Tynwald
    • President of Tynwald: Clare Christian
  • Legislative Council
    • President: Clare Christian
  • House of Keys
    • Speaker: Steve Rodan
    • Deputy Speaker: Geoff Corkish
    • Clerk of the House: Roger Phillips
    • Registrar of Member's Interests: Roger Phillips
    • Chaplain: Revd. William Martin
    • Reader of the House: Dr. Brian Stowell

  • 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 Lieutenant Governor (Manx: Fo-chiannoort) is the representative on the Isle of Man of the Lord of Mann, who is currently Queen Elizabeth II. He/she has the power to grant Royal Assent and is styled His Excellency.

The official residence of the Governor is Government House, Governor's Road, Onchan.

The Lieutenant Governor had all judicial, fiscal (tax raising) and executive power. In about 1900 they had more power over the island than any other Commonwealth leader had in their colony or Dominion. However, he lost his role as Head of the Judiciary and as Head of Government in 1961, as President of Legislative Council in 1980 and finally as President of Tynwald in 1990. Today the role of Lieutenant Governor is mainly ceremonial. Some powers under Isle of Man legislation do still fall to the Governor or Governor-in-Council.

Proposed change to title

In October 2005 Tynwald wanted to change the title of the Lieutenant Governor to Crown Commissioner. This proposal was sent to the British Department of Constitutional Affairs for submission to the Lord of Mann Elizabeth II for approval. However, in April 2006, after much public disapproval, Tynwald rejected their own proposal and withdrew their request for Royal Assent. Thus the Lieutenant Governor will remain as currently titled.

Lieutenant Governor's Speech, Tynwald Day - - 103397
Lieutenant Governor's Speech, Tynwald Day.

List of Lieutenant Governors

  • Henry Hope (1773-1775)
  • Richard Dawson (1775-1790)
  • Alexander Shaw (1790-1804)
  • Henry Murray (1804-1805)
  • Cornelius Smelt (1805-1832)
  • Major General The Honourable John Ready (1832-1845)
  • The Honourable Charles Hope (1845-1860)
    • Mark Hildesley Quayle (1860) acting
  • Francis Pigott Stainsby Conant (1860-1863)
    • Mark Hildesley Quayle (1863) acting
  • Sir Henry Brougham Loch KCB, Baron Loch (1863-1882)
  • Sir Spencer Walpole (1882-1893)
  • Joseph West Ridgeway (1893-1895)
  • John Henniker-Major, 5th Baron Henniker (1895-1902)
  • George Fitzroy Henry Somerset, 3rd Baron Raglan (1902-1918)
  • William Fry (1918-1925)
  • Claude Hill (1925-1932)
  • Montagu Sherard Dawes Butler (1932-1937)
  • Vice Admiral William Spencer Leveson-Gower, the Earl Granville, KG, KCVO, CB, DSO (1937-1945)
  • Air Vice Marshal Sir Geoffrey Rhodes Bromet, KBE, CB, DSO (1945-1952)
  • Sir Ambrose Dundas Flux Dundas, KCIE, CSI (1952-1959)
  • Sir Ronald Herbert Garvey, KCMG, KCVO (1959-1966)
  • Sir Peter Hyla Gawne Stallard, KCMG, CVO, MBE (1966-1974)
  • Sir John Warburton Paul, GCMG, OBE, MC (1974-1980)
  • Rear Admiral Sir Nigel Cecil, KBE, CB (1980-1985)
  • Major General Sir Laurence New, CB, CBE (1985-1990)
  • Air Marshal Sir Laurence Jones, KCB, AFC (1990-1995)
  • Sir Timothy Daunt, KCMG (1995-2000)
  • Air Marshal Ian David Macfadyen, CB, OBE (2000-2005)
  • Vice Admiral Sir Paul Kenneth Haddacks, KCB (2005-2011)
  • Adam Kenneth Compton Wood (2011 - 2016)
  • Sir Richard Hugh Turton Gozney, KCMG CVO KStJ (2016-present)

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