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East Douglas MHK to stand down

Brenda Cannell resigns after 19 years

After nearly 19 years as an MHK, East Douglas member Brenda Cannell is to stand down.

Mrs Cannell has informed the Speaker of the House she intends to resign and will serve the statutory one month’s notice.

It means she will officially step down as a member of the House of Keys on October the seventh.

A by-election will be called in due course.

Mrs Cannell says it’s a decision she has made reluctantly for personal reasons.

Elected in 1996, she had already intimated she would retire from front-line politics in 12 months time by not seeking re-election at next year’s General Election.


Her husband passed away suddenly in April of this year, since which time Mrs Cannell has been on compassionate leave.


A former chairman of the Water Authority and planning committee, Mrs Cannell was also a Douglas councillor for three years between 1992 and 1995.


Speaker Steve Rodan says all members will be very sorry to lose Brenda as a parliamentary colleague and would wish to readily acknowledge - and sincerely thank her - for her many years of public service and for making a significant contribution to political life in the Isle of Man.

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