Tony Brown (Manx politician)

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Tony Brown
Chief Minister of the Isle of Man
In office
14 December 2006 11 October 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Paul Haddacks
Adam Wood
Preceded by Donald Gelling
Succeeded by Allan Bell
Personal details
Born
James Anthony Brown

(1950-01-05) 5 January 1950 (age 70)
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Castletown, Isle of Man
Political party Independent
Spouse(s)Rachel Smith (m. 1979)
Children1 son, 1 daughter
Profession Politician, electrician, businessman

James Anthony Brown OBE (born 5 January 1950 [1] ) 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. [2]

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Early life and career

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. [3]

Personal life

Brown has been married to Rachel (née Smith) since 1979, they have 2 children together and live in Brown's hometown of Castletown.

Governmental positions

Brown Council

OfficeNameTerm
Chief Minister Tony Brown14 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

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References

  1. James Anthony Brown at Tynwlad.org.im Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-14273525
  3. "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 26.
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Gelling
Chief Minister of the Isle of Man
2006–11
Succeeded by
Allan Bell