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
In office
11 October 2011 – 4 October 2016
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Adam Wood
Preceded by Tony Brown
Succeeded by Howard Quayle
Minister for Economic Development
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by John Shimmin
Minister for the Treasury
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Richard Corkill
Succeeded by Anne Craine
Minister for Home Affairs
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Richard Corkill
Succeeded by Phil Braidwood
Personal details
Born (1947-06-20) 20 June 1947 (age 69)
Nationality Manx
Political party Independent

Allan Robert Bell CBE MHK (born 20 June 1947) is a Manx politician who was the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, having been elected to that position on 11 October 2011. He has been an Independent Member of the House of Keys for Ramsey since 1984, and has served in several different Ministerial roles. He is currently the longest serving Member of the House of Keys.[1] He resigned as Chief Minister on 4 October 2016.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bell was educated at Ramsey Grammar School. He was involved in banking and clothing retail prior to entering politics.[3]

Political career[edit]

Bell was first elected to the House of Keys as an Independent representing Ramsey in a 1984 by-election. He had first, unsuccessfully, contested Ramsey in 1976, as a candidate for Manx nationalist party Mec Vannin.[4]

He has served in numerous ministerial roles including Minister for Tourism and Transport, from 1986–90, Minister of Tourism, Leisure and Transport, from 1990–94, Minister of Industry, from 1991–96, Minister of Home Affairs, from 1996–2001, Minister of the Treasury, from 2001–10 and Minister for Economic Development, from 2010–11.

He was formerly the Minister for Economic Development of the Isle of Man Government[5] and is Member of the House of Keys for Ramsey.[6]

He became the first head of the economic development ministry and a year later on 11 October 2011, he was named as Chief Minister after the retirement of Tony Brown.[7]

Chief Minister[edit]

On 11 October 2011, Bell was elected Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, winning a clear majority over Liberal Vannin opponent Peter Karran. Bell was proposed by Eddie Teare and seconded by Laurence Skelly. [1]

While Bell was Chief Minister in 2013, the government signed a deal involving £1.3 million bail-out loan and property purchase for the hotel chain Sefton Group which Bell stated was a " small but decisive part" in " support[ing] the economy".[8] After a legal review found the deal to be "outside of government powers", Bell initially refused to accept the proffered resignation of the economic development minister, John Shimmin.[9]

Bell was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for public service to the Isle of Man.[10]

Governmental Positions[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In a 2015 interview with The Guardian, Bell stated that "People know that I’m gay. I’ve never made a secret of it, but no one has ever asked me."[11]


On 1 August 2016, Bell announced that he was retiring after 37 years within Manx politics.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Allan Bell is elected the Isle of Man's chief minister". BBC News. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
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  3. ^ "Allan Bell". OECD. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hon Allan Robert BELL MHK (Ramsey)". Tynwald. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "'Unsafe' electric railway closes". BBC News. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Sean O'Hare (13 Oct 2011). "Isle of Man appoints new chief minister". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Govt bail out struggling Sefton Group". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Ellan Vannin (17 June 2014). "Hotel deal 'beyond power of Isle of Man government'". BBC Online. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61608. p. B26. 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ Pidd, Helen (2015-10-05). "Isle of Man leader draws line under 'dark days' and aims to legalise gay marriage". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  12. ^ [1]
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Brown
Chief Minister of the Isle of Man