Edgar Mann

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Lieutenant Colonel Dr
Edgar Mann
Chairman of the Executive Council
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor Nigel Cecil
Preceded by Percy Radcliffe
Succeeded by Miles Walker
Personal details
Born (1926-06-24)24 June 1926
London, England, UK
Died 21 June 2013(2013-06-21) (aged 86)
Douglas, Isle of Man
Nationality British
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Joan Redstone
(m. 1951)
Children 5 sons, 2 daughters
Profession Politician

Lieutenant Colonel Dr Edgar John Mann MB (24 June 1926 – 21 June 2013)[1][2] was a British politician, and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Isle of Man, the then head of the island's Government.

Early life and career[edit]

Born on 24 June 1926 in London, he was educated at the Friern Barnet Grammar School and King's College London. He went on to become a Medical Officer, a general practitioner and a Lieutenant Colonel in the RAMC, commanding field ambulances in the Territorial Army. Upon moving to the Isle of Man he became a village commissioner (similar to a parish councillor) at Laxey in 1974 before standing for the House of Keys for Garff in 1976. He was immediately appointed Chairman of various government Boards (forerunners to the Departments). In 1981 he became Chair of the Finance Board,[3][4] in effect the Treasury Minister, and then in 1985 was elevated to the Legislative Council and became Chairman of the Executive Council. In 1986 the ministerial system was brought in following the General Election. Dr Mann decided to stand for the House of Keys, as he knew ministers would be expected to be democratically accountable. He also resigned his seat in the Legislative Council on the eve of the election, although this was not legally required. He was not elected, and thus lost his seat in Tynwald, despite being favoured to become the new Chief Minister. At the 1990 by-election he regained his Garff seat and held it until he was re-elevated to the Legislative Council in 1995. In 1992 he became acting Speaker of the House of Keys and in 1996 Minister of Education.

Personal life[edit]

Mann was married to Joan (née Redstone) from 1951; they had five sons and two daughters together.

Governmental positions[edit]


  1. ^ "Tribute to 'towering' politician Dr Mann - Isle of Man News - Isle of Man Today". Iomtoday.co.im. 1926-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Mann, Edgar John" (PDF). www.tynwald.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Connolly, Edward (1982) "Manx Savings Bank not to be Rescued", Glasgow Herald, 14 July 1982, p. 11
  4. ^ "Manx Note Stays", Glasgow Herald, 21 November 1984, p. 3