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President of Tynwald to Retire

The President of Tynwald, The Hon Steve Rodan OBE, has announced his decision to retire as a Member of Tynwald in July.

Mr President will leave office on 19th July 2021, the eve of the July sitting of Tynwald Court, when the first item of business will be for Members to vote to elect his successor.

In retiring, Mr President will bring to a close a political career which began in Scotland in the 1970s and culminated in more than 30 years of continuous elected public office on the Isle of Man. His parliamentary career began with his election to the House of Keys in 1995, representing the constituency of Garff from 1995 to 2016, and later serving as Speaker of the House of Keys from 2006 to 2016. On 19th July 2016, he was elected President of Tynwald for a five-year term.

Mr President said: ‘I have formally advised my Tynwald colleagues that I wish to retire as a Member of Tynwald in July and that it is not my intention to seek election for a further five-year term as President of Tynwald. Letting colleagues have confirmation of my intentions will enable time and thought to be given to the election of my successor.

To have served as President of Tynwald these last five years has been an immense privilege, and such a decision has not been taken lightly. The opportunity afforded by Tynwald for public service to the Isle of Man has been a hugely enjoyable experience for me all of these past 26 years, and in latterly carrying out the duty of President there could be no greater an honour. I am grateful for both the political friendship and exemplary support of parliamentary staff given over the years.’

For further information contact:
Jonathan King
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings
Tel: (01624) 685500
Published - 06/04/2021