David John Ashford is an independent politician in the Isle of Man. He was born in 1977 in Douglas.[1] He has been a Member of the House of Keys (MHK) for the Douglas North constituency since the 2016 general election. Previously he had been a Borough Councillor for Douglas. In January 2018 he was appointed as Minister for Health and Social Care in succession to Kate Beecroft. This position was widely described as a "poisoned chalice" due to the department's financial problems.