Former health minister is now the Isle of Man’s sports boss

David Anderson MHK

David Anderson MHK

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The island’s former minister of health is to take charge of sport.

David Anderson MHK’s new government role was revealed when Tim Crookall MHK, Minister for Education and Children, announced the responsibilities of his department’s three political members following changes to the line-up.

Mr Anderson is responsible for sport, which, from April 1, came under the DEC after the abolition of the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure.

The MHK for Glenfaba is a keen sportsman and says he is pleased to be overseeing this area in such a significant year for sporting activity, with the Isle of Man fielding a strong team in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and launching a bid to host the 2016 British Cycling National Road Championship.

Mr Anderson is also responsible for the youth service and estates. The department has an extensive building programme, including the creation of facilities for construction crafts and engineering at the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education and kitchen, dining and post-16 facilities at Ballakermeen High School, and is progressing the design of the Henry Bloom Noble Primary School.

He lost his position in the Council of Ministers in last month’s shake-up.

Since the reshuffle, a highly-critical review of the island’s health service was published.

Click here to read one of our stories about that.

It’s an important year for the arts as Island of Culture 2014 is staged and Geoff Corkish MLC will have responsibility for that area, which also came under DEC from April 1. Mr Corkish chairs the Isle of Man Arts Council, which is organising the year of celebrations.

Tony Wild MLC has responsibility for vocational training within education. This responsibility complements his role as a political member for the employment and skills division of the Department of Economic Development, which oversees wider vocational training.

A senior figure in banking prior to his election to the Legislative Council, Mr Wild will also drive forward economic initiatives and will have responsibility for student award appeals.

Mr Crookall said: ‘As my department’s remit widens to include sport and the arts, as well as the key functions we have traditionally been responsible for, I am pleased to have such experienced members overseeing areas they are knowledgeable about.’

For the latest on the political fallout from the health review, see today’s Manx Independent.

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