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Tony Brown - Castletown
|| JAMES ANTHONY BROWN
|Place of Birth
||PROPRIETOR & SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF KEYS
Political History & Views
What is your political history or relevant experience?
- First elected to Castletown town Commissioners in 1976 elected Chairman in 1981
- First stood for the House of Keys in 1981 General Election and was elected and have been returned continuously since that date. Have been returned unopposed twice - 1991 and 2001.
- Was the youngest member of the House in 1981 and am now the longest serving member.
- 1981 to 1986 - Chairman Government Property Trustees (from 1983); member of the Tourist Board; Local Government Board; Assessment Board; Highway Board.
- 1986 to 1991 - Minister for Health and Social Security (1986 to 1989); Minister for Local Government and the Environment (1989 to 1994); Minister for Tourism and Leisure (1994 to 1996).
- 1996 to 2001 - Minister for Transport (1996 to 2001); Deputy Speaker of the House of Keys (2000 to 2001).
- 2001 to-date - Speaker of the House of Keys (2001 to-date); Deputy President of Tynwald (2002 (Jan) to-date); Chairman of numerous Committees of Tynwald and House of Keys.
For further information please see the Tynwald Companion 2006.
Are you a member of any organisation which guides or influences your political views or polices?
What are your main national issues?
- Protecting peoples rights and freedoms
- Provision of adequate houses
- Immigration - Residency Control
- Dealing with external pressures in relation to our competitiveness
- Securing our income to continue to provide appropriate services e.g. Health, Social and Education
- Security of energy supplies and costs
- Being vigilant, responsive and resourceful to secure our future to the benefit of all
- Employment opportunities and employment security
- Adequate care and support for those most in need
- Improving the Quality and Standard of life for all
- Safety of the community
What are your main local issues?
- Provision of adequate housing for the towns needs
- Employment opportunities
- Securing and enhancing the town business infrastructure
- Securing, improving and developing the towns infrastructure
- Protecting and enhancing Castletowns built heritage and environment
What do you believe you would bring to government as an MHK?
- I will, as I have since first being elected continue to work tirelessly for the benefit of the people and for the Nation as a whole.
- I will continue to strive to help the most vulnerable in our society.
- I will continue to be available, approachable, honest, open and forthright.
- I will do what I believe to be in the Islands best interest
- I will continue to play an active part in our local community