Phil Gawne

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Phil Gawne MHK
Phil Gawne
Born Philip Anderson Gawne
19 February 1965 (1965-02-19) (age 52)
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 (born 19 February 1965)[1] is a former Member of the House of Keys for Rushen, a constituency in the Isle of Man. He is also a former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and therefore a former member of the Council of Ministers.[2]

Following constituency boundary changes to the Isle of Man's political map, Gawne contested the newly formed Arbory, Castletown & Malew constituency at the 2016 Manx General Election.[3]The seat was contested by a total of seven candidates with Gawne polling the third highest number of votes, thus losing his parliamentary seat. The contest was close with Gawne losing by a total of 19 votes after two re-counts.[4]

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.[5]

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.


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