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Alfred Louis Cannan MHK is an independent Member of the House of Keys for Ayre & Michael.

Political careerEdit

In 2011, he was elected MHK for the former constituency of Michael

Cannan's first appointment was chairman of the Civil Service Commission, serving from 2011 to 2014. In 2014 he was appointed chairman of the newly formed Manx Utilities Authority.

From 2015 to 2016 he was also a political member of the Department of Economic Development.[1]

In 2016 he was elected MHK for Ayre & Michael, winning the highest number of votes in the two-member constituency.

Cannan narrowly lost a bid for chief minister to Howard Quayle and was appointed treasury minister in October 2016.

His term of office has already been marked by some significant decisions. In October 2017 Cannan wrote off £95m of debts owed by the Manx Utilities Authority; in February 2018 pension freedoms were controversially introduced; and in May 2018 the Isle of Man Government purchased the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for £124.3m.


Cannan was born in 1968 and educated at King William's College, Isle of Man, and Sandhurst. He then served as an army officer for four years, before going into business.

He has three children with his wife Bella.[2]


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