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The Chief Minister (Manx: Ard-shirveishagh) is the executive head of the Isle of Man Government.

Chief Minister of the Isle of Man
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Howard Quayle

since 4 October 2016
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerLieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Term lengthAt the Lieutenant Governor's pleasure
FormationDecember 1986
First holderSir Miles Walker

The office derives from that of Chairman of the Executive Council. Before 1980 the Executive Council was chaired by the Lieutenant Governor, but thereafter the chairman was elected by Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man.[1] The title was changed to "Chief Minister" in 1986.[2]

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.[3]

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) sought nomination as Chief Minister, but none received the necessary majority of votes in Tynwald. On a second vote Mr Tony Brown (Speaker of the House of Keys) was nominated unopposed.[4]

Tony Brown stepped down from the role as Chief Minister on 29 September 2011.[5] His successor from 9 December 2011 was Allan Bell. On 1 August 2016 Allan Bell announced that he would retire, after 32 years representing Ramsey in the House of Keys,[6] following seven years as a Ramsey Commissioner. His successor, Howard Quayle, took office on 4 October 2016.


Chief MinistersEdit


Year Candidates & Votes Elected

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Constitution (Executive Council) (Amendment) Act 1980
  2. ^ Constitution (Executive Council) Act 1986
  3. ^ Council of Ministers Act 1990 section 2
  4. ^ Votes and Proceedings of Tynwald, 5 & 14 December 2006
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