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Manxman James Anthony "Tony" Brown is the current Chief Minister of the Isle of Man and Member of the House of Keys for Castletown.

Tony Brown was educated at Castle Rushen and has since been an electrician, still being the proprietor of Tony Brown Electrics in Castletown. 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 reelected in November 2006 as MHK, beating Roy Redmayne by 915 votes to 335. There was a great deal of rumour that he might run for Chief Minister, but when nominations were put forward his name was not in 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.

Governmental positions

Brown Council

Office Name Term
Chief Minister Tony Brown 2006–Present
Minister of the Treasury Allan Bell 2001–Present
Minister of Home Affairs Martyn Quayle 2006–2008
Adrian Earnshaw 2008–Present
Minister of Health and Social Security Eddie Teare 2006–Present
Minister of Education Annie Craine 2006–Present
Minister of Trade and Industry David Cretney 2006–Present
Minister of Tourism and Leisure Adrian Earnshaw 2006–2008
Martyn Quayle 2008–Present
Minister of Transport David Anderson 2006–Present
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Phil Gawne 2005–Present
Minister of Local Government and the Environment John Shimmin 2006–Present
Preceded by
Donald Gelling
Chief Minister


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