Allan Bell

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This article is about the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man. For the sociolinguist of the same name, see Allan Bell (sociolinguist).
The Honourable
Allan Bell
Isle of Mans finansministrar Alan Bell skriver under avtal tillsammans med sina nordiska kollegor vid Nordiska Radets session i Oslo. 2007-10-30. Foto- Magnus Froderberg.jpg
Chief Minister of the Isle of Man
Assumed office
11 October 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Adam Wood
Preceded by Tony Brown
Personal details
Born (1947-06-20) 20 June 1947 (age 67)
Nationality Manx
Political party Independent

Allan Robert Bell MHK (born 20 June 1947) is a Manx politician, who is the current Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, having been elected to that position on 11 October 2011.[1] He was formerly the Minister for Economic Development of the Isle of Man Government[2] and is Member of the House of Keys for Ramsey.[3]

Mr Bell was heavily criticised for his involvement in planning decisions (whilst Minister of Tourism) by The Commission of Inquiry into Mount Murray which reported in 2003. They stated : "It was the Minister for Tourism, acting in undesirably close alliance with the developer, who ensured that the proposal received planning approval. He did this by applying unacceptable pressure to officers in a weak planning office"

Bell was educated at Ramsey Grammar School. He was involved in banking and clothing retail prior to entering politics. He was elected as an independent Ramsey MHK in the 1984 by election.[4]

Recently, he helped bail the Sefton group out of trouble; much to the dismay of many Islanders whom many feel that the sensible thing to do would be to let the firm fold, and have the assets sold to new; emerging companies that could inject growth and profitability to the Island Assets.[5]

Governmental Positions[edit]

The Bell Council[edit]

Chief Minister Allan Bell 2011–present
Minister of the Treasury Eddie Teare 2011–present
Minister of Economic Development John Shimmin 2011–present
Minister of Home Affairs Juan Watterson 2011–present
Minister of Health David Anderson 2011–present
Minister of Education Peter Karran 2011–2012
Tim Crookall 2013–present
Minister of Infrastructure David Cretney 2011–present
Minister of Social Care Chris Robertshaw 2011–present
Minister of Environment, Food and Agriculture Phil Gawne 2011–present
Minister of Community, Culture and Leisure Tim Crookall 2011–2012
Graham Cregeen 2013–present


  1. ^ BBC Report on Manx Chief Minister election, 11 October 2011
  2. ^ Goodman, Mike (15 March 2010). "Austerity budget for Isle of Man". London: The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "'Unsafe' electric railway closes". BBC News. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Allan Bell profile". OECD. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Govt bail out struggling Sefton Group". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Brown
Chief Minister of the Isle of Man