Election 2011: All you need to know

VOTE: The Isle of Man goes to the polls on September 29

VOTE: The Isle of Man goes to the polls on September 29

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62 candidates are confirmed as standing for 24 seats.

The candidates in Ramsey, Ayre, Garff, Middle, Douglas East, Onchan, Michael, Castletown, Malew and Santon, Peel, Glenfaba, Douglas North and Douglas South have all been confirmed as below.

Polling stations will be open between 8am and 8pm, the day of the election, Thursday, September 29.

Listed here are the candidates who are standing.

Ayre (one seat)

Pat Ayres is standing as a Liberal Vannin candidate. The 56-year-old is a semi-retired transport manager. He is a widower and lives in Ramsey with one of his two step-sons.

Businessman Andrew Newington-Bridges is a former member of Arbory Commissioners and a past chairman of the Isle of Man Municipal Association. He had a career in manufacturing, marketing and sales before moving to the island more than 20 years ago and now lives in Sulby.

Eddie Teare, 63, of The Lhen, Andreas, is Minister for Education and Children and has previously served as Health Minister, chairman of the Manx Electricity Authority and as member for Treasury. He became MHK for Ayre in 2004 after a career in banking. He’s married to Irene with two children, Steven and Faye.


Castletown (one seat)

Former airport security officer David Pownall, 50, of Castletown, was in the military for nine years and saw service in Berlin, London, Scotland, America, Cyprus, Hamburg and Northern Ireland. He was awarded the United Nations Peace Keeping Medal following his posting in Cyprus. He now works for Manx National Heritage, having won his claim for unfair dismissal against the Isle of Man Airport.

Carol Quine, 50, a medical staffing administrative officer at Noble’s Hospital, is making her second attempt to win the Castletown parliamentary seat, having unsuccessfully stood against Tony Brown in the 1996 general election. The mother of three grown-up children was born and raised in Castletown and lives at Janet’s Corner. She became a commissioner in the town in 2008.

Former Castletown commissioner Richard Ronan, 48, has lived and worked in Castletown all his life. He resigned as a commissioner in February this year after seven years, having grown disillusioned with the erosion of power in the island’s local government. He is married to Tracy and has three children.

Colin Leather was born in Merseyside and moved to the island in February 1975. He has an adult son and daughter and five grandchildren. He lives in Castletown with his partner Vanda and her daughter. In 1980 he was elected to the Castletown Commissioners and went on to be the chairman of the commissioners, serving in this role in 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999 and 2010.

Jason Moorhouse is a teacher at Castle Rushen High School. He wants to create zero unemployment by involving jobless people in training, apprenticeship and community based projects. Mr Moorhouse lives in Onchan but says, if elected, he would move to Castletown. He wants to see more careful management of large scale spending projects and believes huge savings could be made in transport.

Mahendra Patel served as a commissioner in Castletown for 11 years, including three stints as chairman. He wants ‘level-headed’ reasoning rather than knee-jerk responses to problems. Mr Patel would like to see a revision of health provision on and off the island and a review of pensions to be ‘fair and equitable’. He runs Castle Pharmacy in the town.


Douglas East (two seats)

Former managing director of the Sefton Hotel, Chris Robertshaw secured his Douglas East seat in the high-profile by-election of 2010. Married to Joan with two grown-up children and five grandchildren, Mr Robertshaw, 62, lives in Crosby. He ran a family business serving the hospitality sector before entering politics. He had unsuccessfully stood for Douglas East in the 2006 general election.

Born in Crosby, Merseyside, Brenda Cannell moved to the Isle of Man in 1977. Her political career in the island began as a Douglas councillor, representing Derby ward between 1992-95. She’s been MHK for Douglas East since 1996. She’s married to husband Charles with two sons and lives at Victoria Terrace, Douglas.

Geraldine O’Neill, 53, has been a teacher at St Ninian’s High School for the last 10 years. A fluent French speaker, she returned to the island 14 years ago. She has previously been chairman of the Irish Turkish Business Association. Born in Douglas East and now living in Hutchinson Square, she is married and has a 16-year-old daughter.

Businessman and Douglas councillor Richard Kissack, 42, was elected unopposed as Douglas councillor for Victoria Ward in April 2008 as a Liberal Vannin candidate but subsequently resigned from the party and his standing in the general election as an independent. He is married with four children and lives and works in east Douglas. He was educated in the island and runs a recruitment agency with his wife.

Broadcaster Paul Moulton, 51, has lived in the area for 30 years. Given his late announcement, Mr Moulton says he will be using new media to help his campaign. As a consequence, has had to stand down from his position as the Isle of Man correspondent with ITV Granada.

Manx born chef John Karran, aged 62, lives in Douglas and has two children. Mr Karran wants to see an overhaul of the structure of Tynwald and an inquiry into the performance of past governments. He plans to set up a website for his campaign.


Douglas North (two seats)

Douglas hotelier and businessman Theo Fleurbaay, 53, is well known as the founder and chairman of the Manx Hospitality Partnership. Married to Rosemary and with two children, aged 11 and 13, he moved to the island 13 years ago from his native Holland after selling his hotel marketing company there. He is proprietor of the Arrandale House hotel in Hutchinson Square, Douglas.

Bill Henderson, 49, of Governor’s Hill, has been MHK for Douglas North since 1998. He’s a trained psychiatric nurse who was night manager at Ballamona Hospital before he entered politics. A former minister for agriculture, the father-of-two been chairman of the Office of Fair Trading since 2008.

John Houghton, 52, of Birch Hill, Onchan, has been MHK for Douglas North since 1996. For 20 years until 2000 he was sub-postmaster at Willaston post office and was commandant with the Isle of Man Special Constabulary, with which he served a total of 18 years. He’s married with two daughters.

Former police sergeant Peter Hill has declared for Douglas North on a political reform ticket. Mr Hill, 61, lives in Baldrine, and served for 25 years in the Metropolitan police force and moved to the island 10 years ago. He is clerk to Lonan Commissioners and deputy clerk to Laxey Commissioners and is standing as the Liberal Vannin Party (LVP) candidate.


Douglas South (two seats)

Bill Malarkey, 60, was elected to Douglas South in 2006 on a Liberal Vannin ticket but subsequently quit the party because he wanted to take up a role in government. He’s currently political member of the departments of Home Affairs and Social Care. This time round, he’s standing as an independent. He’s married to Douglas councillor Carol with three daughters and lives at Farmhill Park.

David Cretney, of Vicarage Park, was first elected in Douglas South in a by-election in 1985 and has represented the constituency every election since. He is standing as a Manx Labour Party candidate. Currently Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure, the 57-year-old was previously minister for Trade and Industry and also spent 10 years as minister for Tourism and Leisure. He’s married with two daughters.

Kate Beecroft is press officer and former chairman of the Liberal Vannin Party and a Braddan commissioner. She contested the constituency of Middle in the 2006 general election but failed to unseat Martyn Quayle. She also fought the Douglas East by-election last year, coming second. She lives in Strang and is married with a grown-up family and three grandchildren. She is an accountant and is director of a Manx trading company.


Douglas West (two seats)

Retired fire service chief John Skinner of Berkeley Street, Douglas, made a bid to stand as an MLC last year. The 60-year-old spent 30 years in the fire service, including 10 in charge of its fire safety operations. He was also clerk of the course for the Manx Telecom Rally for 25 years. Since 2002, Mr Skinner has been a lay member of the government planning committee and also spent four years as a lay member of the Health Services Consultative Committee. He has two grown up children from his marriage to his first wife Elizabeth, who died in 1999 and has two step-daughters with his second wife Jill.

Geoff Corkish, 58, entered politics in 2006 after a long career with the Steam Packet Company for which he was latterly communications director. He’s held a variety of government posts and is currently member for the Department of Economic Development. Married to Muriel, with two children, he lives on Glencrutchery Road, Douglas.

Former teacher John Shimmin, 51, of Devonshire Crescent, Douglas, is currently Minister of Environment, Food and Agriculture. He was first elected to Douglas West in 1996. He has been chairman of the Post Office and minister for Transport, Home Affairs and Local Government and the Environment. He is married with two sons.

Chris Thomas, 48, is standing as a Liberal Vannin candidate in Douglas West and is the party’s economics and business spokesman. He is a financial analyst and university lecturer who moved to the island in 2001 and has worked at the Isle of Man Business School, the City of London and various places abroad, including Beijing, as a project director for an EU-China banking project. He also worked in Vietnam, where he was chief technical adviser for development of capital markets. Mr Thomas, who was brought up on the Cumbrian coast, is married with three children and lives in Old Castletown Road, Douglas.


Garff (one seat)

Businessman Nigel Dobson, 57, is a Liberal Vannin Party candidate, having been one of the party’s founder members. He is a member and former chairman of Lonan Commissioners. He stood for the Garff seat in the 2006 general election. He lives in Baldrine at the Liverpool Arms, which is operated by his company D’s Leisure which also runs the cafes at The Sound, Niabyl and Creneash tea rooms. He has two grown-up sons.

Glasgow-born Steve Rodan, 57, has been Speaker of the House of Keys since 2006 and Deputy President of Tynwald since 2007. Educated at Edinburgh University, he is by profession a pharmacist and became proprietor of Laxey Pharmacy after moving to the Isle of Man in 1987. He was first elected as MHK for Garff in May 1995 in a by-election and has represented the seat ever since. He lives in Laxey with his Mexican wife Ana Maria, and they have two daughters.


Glenfaba (one seat)

David Anderson, 56, of Ballamoar, Patrick, has been MHK for Glenfaba since 2001 following a career in farming. He was minister for Education and then Transport before his appointment as minister for Health last year. He is married to Jane and they have two children.

Businessman and aviation enthusiast Geoffrey Boot is making a second attempt to take the Glenfaba seat, having unsuccessfully stood against David Anderson in the 2006 general election. The 57-year-old father of four is married to Suzie and has had a home on the outskirts of St John’s for 26 years. He’s been a parish councillor in Sandgate, Kent.

Commercial analyst Matthew Wadsworth, from St John’s, is standing as an independent. Mr Wadsworth, 33, studied architecture at Hull University before working in the senior management team at British Gas. Matthew and wife Joanne returned to the Isle of Man seven years ago, whereupon he took up a role with a blue chip bank. Together they have a son Alistair and are expecting another child in December.


Malew and Santon (one seat)

Graham Cregeen, 49, was a postman before successfully contesting Malew and Santon in the 2006 general election. He is currently political member for the Department of Infrastructure. He’s married to Jacqui, with son sons Andrew and Ben and lives at Silverburn Drive, Ballasalla.

Businessman John Hanson, 54, has lived in the island for more than 40 years, during which time he ran a small hotel in Douglas for 20 years. He lives in Santon with his wife Glenda and they have three sons and a daughter.

Gareth Kelly, 29, a self-employed businessman was born and brought up in Santon, where he has lived all his life. After gaining his blacksmith’s qualification he went on to set up his own business, branching out into different areas, which he built up over the years. Mr Kelly has never held political office.


Middle (one seat)

Marown commissioner Paul Craine entered local politics in 2007. He has been chairman of Marown Commissioners. At the age of 33, he was appointed assistant headteacher at Castle Rushen High School at the age of 33 and for more than a decade, he has been the island’s co-ordinating Adviser for 11-19 Education. He grew up in the Isle of Man and lives with his wife, Ann. They have two daughters and have lived in the Middle constituency since 1984. He spent 16 years living in Union Mills and 11 years in Glen Vine.

Juan Cottier, of Cronk Grianagh, Braddan, is standing as a Liberal Vannin candidate. He left King William’s College at 15 and then studied engineering at Isle of Man College before moving with his family to Somerset. In 1986, he joined the RAF and worked as a data analyst for the air warfare centre in High Wycombe. After leaving the RAF, he worked in the London area for Lombard, NatWest banks and Smiths Industries. He returned to the island in 2001 with his wife Katy. The couple have four sons aged between 10 and 25.

Manx businessman Howard Quayle is former president of the Manx National Farmers’ Union. For five years, leading up to 2010, he was the union’s public face which involved fighting the industry’s corner at meetings all over Europe including the heart of the EU in Brussels. The 43-year-old, from Ballavitchel, Crosby, has built up an award-winning herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle and also received a gold award for his holiday cottages development in St Mark’s.

Martyn Quayle, 52, was born and brought up in Marown where he’s lived for most of his life. He was elected as MHK for Middle in 2001. Before entering politics he was managing director of Isle of Man Farmers. In a varied career in government, he has been Minister for Tourism and Leisure and then Home Affairs before being appointed Minister for Social Care following last year’s government restructuring.


Michael (one seat)

Businessman Alf Cannan, 43, is the son the constituency’s current MHK David Cannan. He was educated at King William’s College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He served four years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Regiment of Wales. After selling his first island-based recruitment company, he spent two years in London working with blue chip companies before returning to the Isle of Man in 2009 with his current recruitment business, McKenzie Fox. He is married to Bella and has three children and currently lives in Sulby.

Kirk Michael businessman and resident Paul Heavey, 38, of Faaie ny Cabbal, is the managing director of Island Taxis Limited, a position he has held since establishing the locally based company in 1996. He has lived in Kirk Michael all his life and was educated at Michael Primary School and Queen Elizabeth II High School. Paul has been married to wife Lynne for the past eight years.

Accountant David Talbot has been a Patrick commissioner since 2008. He came to live in the island in 1975 with his wife Ravina to become company secretary for Waltons Television and in 1975 became the first managing director of Waltons Finance. He started his own accountancy practice in 1999 which he subsequently sold in 2008 to concentrate on his Connect2 charity. He’s lives in Dalby.


Onchan (three seats)

Zac Hall, 33, of Belgravia Road, Onchan, is standing as a Liberal Vannin candidate. He is a qualified airline pilot and is currently working as senior first officer with Eastern Airways.

Liberal Vannin party leader Peter Karran, 51, of Groudle, had a career as a joiner before entering politics in 1985. He was initially MHK for Middle but following boundary changes he has been an Onchan MHK for more than two decades. A former member of the Manx Labour Party, in 2006 he formed the Liberal Vannin Party.

Health visitor June Kelly, 53, is chairman of Onchan Commissioners. Born in Douglas, she started work as a nursery assistant but then changed to a career in nursing. She was a bank nurse dealing with elderly patients at the White Hoe and Noble’s Hospital and became deputy ward manager and then acting ward manager of the acute medical ward. She’s married to David, with two daughters and lives in Cronk Avenue, Onchan.

David Quirk, 58, of Birch Hill Avenue, Onchan, had a career as a plumbing and heating engineer and was a contract supervisor for Douglas Corporation. His political career began in 1986 when he was elected to Onchan Commissioners. He was elected as MHK for Onchan in 2006. He’s married to Elizabeth and they have one daughter, Rachel.

Brian Stowell, 59, of King Edward Park, Onchan, was chairman of Onchan Commissioners until May this year. After leaving Douglas High School for Boys, he secured an apprenticeship as an electrical engineer. He was managing director of an electrical contracting firm and a wholesale plumbing suppliers. He runs Glenville Farm as a livery stable and Stowell Properties. He’s married to Christina and is holder of a private pilot’s licence.

Home Affairs Minister Adrian Earnshaw is resident of Birch Hill Park and a former Isle of Man Bank employee. He has represented the district since 2001. His entry to politics was via Onchan Commissioners in 1996. The next year he was elected to the House of Keys. He has served in five government departments and was appointed to his current position of Home Affairs Minister in 2008.


Peel (one seat)

Tim Crookall was elected to Peel in the 2006 general election. Over the past five years he has gained experience with six different departments and authorities and is currently chairman of the Isle of Man Water and Sewerage Authority. He has also been on many standing and select committees of Tynwald and the House of Keys.

Peel commissioner Rodger Gimbert, 41, stood for the Peel seat in the last general election in November 2006, when he lost to the town’s current MHK, Tim Crookall. He has been a commissioner since 2004, was chairman in 2009/10 and is currently chairman of the town’s Chamber of Commerce. The father of two, who is married to wife Jan, lives in Derby Road, Peel.

Cambridge University-educated Ray Harmer has been employed in the island’s finance industry since 1994. He is a Peel commissioner, serving as chairman from May 2010 to 2011. He is 43 and lives in Peel with his wife Adele and 10-year-old son Nathan.

Leslie Hanson, 56, has lived and worked in Peel for 30 years and owns a dental practice in the area. Mr Hanson, the son of the late Betty Hanson a former MLC, was educated at St Thomas’ school, Douglas, and King William’s College in Castletown, he later left the island to study at Edinburgh University dental school. He has served as a member of the committee of Eary Cushlin outdoor education centre.

Kitchen company proprietor Arran Kaighin will contest the Peel seat as an independent candidate. Mr Kaighin, 43, of Douglas Street, Peel, has run Firinne Studios on East Quay for the past five years. The retained firefighter and former Peel Lifeboat Crew member is married to Chrissie and they have five children, ranging in age from four to fourteen.


Ramsey (two seats)

Allan Bell, 64, who lives in Bride, is the longest serving minister in the current cabinet. He has been MHK for Ramsey since 1984 and was Treasury Minister for nine years until he took up his current role as Minister for Economic Development following last year’s government restructuring.

Treasury Minister Anne Craine, of Port Lewaigue, has been MHK for Ramsey since 2003. Mrs Craine, 57, daughter of former Tynwald president Sir Charles Kerruish, is married to David and has two sons and one daughter.

Pharmacist Leonard Singer has lived and worked in Ramsey for 20 years and represented the town as MHK from 1995 to 2003 and was an MLC from 2003 to 2006. He is currently a member of Ramsey Town Commissioners, having topped the poll in 1998, and is the long-serving chairman of Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital League of Friends.

John McDonough is a civil servant who has lived in Ramsey since moving to the island 32 years ago. The 44-year-old is married with a six-year-old son.

Former vice president of Barclays Wealth Linda Bowers-Kasch, 54, of Grove Mount, is a member of the Isle of Man Employment Tribunal panel and the Institute of Directors. Liberal Vannin has said she will provide ‘a fresh injection of adrenalin’ into Manx politics.

Accountant Lawrie Hooper, 24, moved from South Wales to the island with his family 12 years ago. He was educated at Ramsey Grammar School, before leaving the island to study. Mr Hooper was married last year and lives with his wife in Douglas. They both work for accountant firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Douglas


Rushen (three seats)

Active supporter of the Manx language, heritage and culture Phil Gawne, 46, has been MHK for Rushen since 2003. Before entering politics, he was Manx language development officer for the Manx Heritage Foundation. He was minister for Agriculture for five years and is currently Minister for Infrastructure. He lives in Ballakilpheric with his wife Annie and two teenage children Ewan and Catreeney.

Lancashire-born Quintin Gill, 51, served in the Royal Navy for three years. Having worked in social services in the UK, he moved to the island in 1990 to become a probation officer and subsequently a social worker. He was elected to Rushen in 2001 and has been political member for various government departments and is currently chairman of the Manx Electricity Authority. He is deputy Speaker of the House of Keys and is married with three daughters and lives in Port St Mary.

Dr John Orme, aged 62, of Ballagawne Road, Ballabeg, was a member of the House of Keys from 1985 to 1991, during which time he promoted the IRIS sewage and drainage project. Dr Orme moved to the island in 1974, is married to wife Annie and has a daughter, Wanda. Since 1995 he has been a barrister, prosecuting for the Crown and defending in criminal courts.

Businessman Laurence Skelly has been involved in the Rushen community since returning to the island 12 years ago. He’d previously lived in the US for 15 years, where he ran a travel business in California. The 49-year-old father-of-two, of Truggan Road, Rushen, runs wholesale business Manx Inspirations with his wife, Jackie, and is a partner in event management company Destination Isle of Man.

At 31, Juan Watterson is the youngest MHK in the current parliament. A chartered accountant, he was an audit senior for KPMG before being elected to Rushen in the 2006 general election. He’s held a number of government posts and is currently member for Economic Development and he chaired the select committee that investigated the collapse of the Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander bank. He married wife Helena last year and the couple live in Port St Mary with their daughter.

Engineer David Jones, who lives in Baldrine, came forward as a last minute candidate in Rushen, standing on a Liberal Vannin ticket.

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