Phil Gawne

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Phil Gawne MHK
Phil Gawne
Born Philip Anderson Gawne
19 February 1965 (1965-02-19) (age 51)
Douglas, Isle of Man
Nationality Manx
Education Arbory Primary School
Castle Rushen High School
Alma mater University of Liverpool
Occupation Politician
Years active 2001–present
Employer Isle of Man Government
Spouse(s) Catherine Kissack (m. 1991)
Children 1 son, 1 daughter

Philip Anderson "Phil" Gawne BSc MHK (born 19 February 1965)[1] is a Manx politician, who is one of the three Members of the House of Keys for Rushen, a constituency in the Isle of Man. He is also the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and therefore a member of the Council of Ministers.

Early life[edit]

Born in 1965 in Douglas to C.R. Gawne CP and E. Gawne (née Anderson), he is a fluent speaker of the Manx language, the ancient language of the Isle of Man. He has done much to save this minority language in recent years; he once served as the Manx Language Development Officer.

During the 1980s he was involved with a nationalist campaign that ended with an arson attack on an uncompleted luxury home in Tromode. In 1988 he was sent to prison for 16 months, serving 8 months, for his part in this arson attack.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gawne has been married to Catherine (née Kissack) since 1991; they have two children and live in the hamlet of Surby in the south of the Island.


  1. ^ [1] Archived August 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Election Candidate Explains Arson Conviction - Isle Of Man Today". 2003-03-24. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 

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