|Chief Minister of the Isle of Man|
14 December 2006 –11 October 2011
|Governor|| Paul Haddacks |
|Preceded by||Donald Gelling|
|Succeeded by||Allan Bell|
James Anthony Brown
5 January 1950
|Spouse(s)||Rachel Smith (m. 1979)|
|Children||1 son, 1 daughter|
|Profession||Politician, electrician, businessman|
James Anthony Brown OBE (born 5 January 1950) is a Manx politician, former businessman and electrician who was the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man from 2006 until October 2011, when he stepped down from office following his decision to retire.
Born on 5 January 1950, Brown was educated at Victoria Road Primary, Castletown and Castle Rushen High School and has since been an electrician, being the proprietor of Tony Brown Electrics in Castletown until its closure in 2010. He was elected as a member of Castletown Commissioners in 1976, becoming Chairman in 1980 before being elected as the Castletown MHK in 1981 at his first attempt. In 2000, he was defeated in his attempt to become Speaker of the House of Keys by David Cannan but instead became the Deputy Speaker. Following the 2001 General Election, he was elected Speaker and in January 2002, Deputy President of Tynwald.
He was re-elected in November 2006 as MHK, beating Roy Redmayne by 915 votes to 335. He was again elected Speaker of the House of Keys after the General Election in 2006. There was a great deal of rumour that he might run for Chief Minister, but when nominations were put forward his name was not on the list. Then followed an unsuccessful round of voting with neither Steve Rodan, John Shimmin or David Cannan being elected. Nominations then reopened, with Tony Brown being the only candidate put forward. His nomination was confirmed by Tynwald on Thursday, 14 December 2006 receiving 27 votes and the Lieutenant Governor appointed him Chief Minister later in the day. He then resigned the Speakership of the House of Keys as required by law.
Brown was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for public and political service.
Brown has been married to Rachel (née Smith) since 1979, they have 2 children together and live in Brown's hometown of Castletown.
|Chief Minister||Tony Brown||14 December 2006 – 11 October 2011|
|Minister for the Treasury||Allan Bell||6 December 2001 – 31 March 2010|
|Annie Craine||1 April 2010 – October 2011|
|Minister for Home Affairs||Martyn Quayle||15 December 2006 – 11 August 2008|
|Adrian Earnshaw||11 August 2008 – October 2011|
|Minister for Health and Social Security / Minister for Health||Eddie Teare||15 December 2006 – 31 March 2010|
|David Anderson||1 April 2010 – October 2011|
|Minister for Education / Minister for Education and Children||Annie Craine||15 December 2006 – 31 March 2010|
|Eddie Teare||1 April 2010 – October 2011|
|Minister for Trade and Industry||David Cretney||15 December 2006 – 31 March 2010|
|Minister of Economic Development||Allan Bell||1 April 2010 – October 2011|
|Minister for Tourism and Leisure||Adrian Earnshaw||15 December 2006 – 11 August 2008|
|Martyn Quayle||11 August 2008 – 31 March 2010|
|Minister for Transport||David Anderson||15 December 2006 – 31 March 2010|
|Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry||Phil Gawne||1 August 2005 – 31 March 2010|
|Minister for Local Government and the Environment||John Shimmin||15 December 2006 – 31 March 2010|
|Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure||David Cretney||1 April 2010 – October 2011|
|Minister for Infrastructure||Phil Gawne||1 April 2010 – October 2011|
|Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture||John Shimmin||1 April 2010 – October 2011|
|Minister for Social Care||Martyn Quayle||1 April 2010 – October 2011|
The government of the Isle of Man is a parliamentary representative democracy. As a Crown Dependency, it is not subordinate to the government of the United Kingdom. That government, however, is responsible for defence and external affairs and could intervene in the domestic affairs of the island under its residual responsibilities to guarantee "good government" in all Crown dependencies. The Monarch of the United Kingdom is also the head of state of the Isle of Man, and generally referred to as "The Queen, Lord of Mann". Legislation of the Isle of Man defines "the Crown in right of the Isle of Man" as separate from the "Crown in right of the United Kingdom". Her representative on the island is the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, but his role is mostly ceremonial, though he does have the power to grant Royal Assent.
The House of Keys is the directly elected lower house of Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man, the other branch being the Legislative Council.
The Legislative Council is the upper chamber of Tynwald, the legislature of the Isle of Man. The abbreviation "LegCo" is often used.
Castletown is a town in the Isle of Man, geographically within the historical parish of Malew but administered separately. Lying at the south of the island, it was the Manx capital until 1869. The centre of town is dominated by Castle Rushen, a well-preserved medieval castle, originally built for a Viking king.
King William's College is an independent school for pupils aged 3 to 18, located near Castletown on the Isle of Man. It is a member of the International Baccalaureate and Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference organisations. The College operates at two sites in or near Castletown: a main senior school campus on the shore of Castletown Bay, and a prep school in the Westhill part of Castletown, two miles from the main campus. The College was originally for boys only, but became co-educational in the 1980s. It has roughly five hundred pupils, many from beyond the British Isles.
The Chief Minister is the executive head of the Isle of Man Government.
The Council of Ministers is the principal executive organ of the Isle of Man Government. Its role is similar to, though not identical with, that of the Cabinet in the United Kingdom. Until 1990, its title was the Executive Council.
The Speaker of the House of Keys is the principal officer of the House of Keys, the lower house of the Isle of Man legislature. The Speaker is elected from the membership of the House at its first sitting after an election. He is responsible for controlling the procedure of the House and for the authoritative interpretation of its standing orders. He sets the business of the House and authorises the order of business of the House for each sitting. The Speaker uses the letters SHK after his name.
The Isle of Man Government is the government of the Isle of Man. The formal head of the Isle of Man Government is the Lieutenant Governor, the personal representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann. The executive head is the Chief Minister.
Sir Henry Charles Kerruish OBE LLD CP MLC was a Manx politician who was the first President of Tynwald and, as Speaker of the House of Keys from 1962 to 1990, was the longest-serving Speaker in any Parliament in the Commonwealth. He was also the first Chairman of the Executive Council, the forerunner of the present Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, from 1961 to 1967. This made him the first Manx person to fulfil an executive role on the Isle of Man. Previously the Lieutenant Governor had exercised all executive power. He was a keen supporter of Scouting on the Isle of Man, often offering his own lands for camping.
John Shimmin BEd, is a former Member of the House of Keys for Douglas West.
Stephen Charles Rodan is a Scottish-born Manx politician who has served as the President of Tynwald since 2016 and is a former Minister of the Isle of Man Government and former MHK for the constituency of Garff. He was first elected to the seat in a by-election in 1995.
John David Qualtrough Cannan MHK was the Member of the House of Keys for Michael and Chairman of the Isle of Man Water Authority. He is the son of former Chaplain of the House of Keys, Rev Canon Charles Cannan. He was educated at King William's College and was a businessman in the tea and rubber industry before going into politics. In the 1970s he was a Conservative Party councillor before becoming the Michael MHK in 1982. He was elected Speaker of the House of Keys in 2000 and remained as such until the 2001 General Election. He retired from the House of Keys at the 2011 General Election.
Leonard Ian Singer MHK MR Pharm S is a British politician and pharmacist based in Ramsey, Isle of Man.
George Martyn Quayle, MHK was a Manx politician who previously held the position of Minister of Tourism and Leisure in the Isle of Man Government and represented Middle in the House of Keys. He served as minister of the Department of Social Care.
Adrian John Earnshaw MHK is a Manx politician, who was the Minister of Home Affairs in the Isle of Man Government and a Member of the House of Keys for Onchan.
Sir Joseph Davidson Qualtrough JP SHK was one of the most renowned Manx politicians ever. He was Speaker of the House of Keys from 1937 to 1960.
Richard Alexander Ronan is a former Manx politician, who was a Member of the House of Keys for Castletown from 2011 to 2016. He was minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture from 2014 until 2016.
Graham Cregeen MHK is a Member of the House of Keys for Arbory, Castletown & Malew in the Isle of Man and Minister for Home Affairs.
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