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Edge sacked as Education Minister

Onchan MHK ousted from DESC role

Julie Edge has been sacked as the Education, Sport and Culture Minister.

The Onchan MHK has been ousted from her position with immediate effect.

She’s been in charge of the DESC since the start of the current administration in October 2021.

Mid-term Change

Chief Minister Alfred Cannan has described it as a ‘strategic mid-term change’ to the Council of Ministers.

He said: “I’d like to place on record my sincere thanks to Julie for her dedication and hard work in representing the Department for Education, Sport and Culture for the past two and half years.

"While the brief has thrown up a number of challenges during this time Julie has always conducted herself with diligence, dignity and a strong sense of duty.

"I believe it is an appropriate time to make this change and to introduce a fresh perspective to the Council of Ministers.

"I need to balance the need for continuity with opportunities to allow for fresh thinking as the administration pursues its objectives around the Island Plan and Economic Strategy.”

Manx Radio's Lewis Foster spoke to Chief Minister Alfred Cannan following the announcement:


Ms Edge is being replaced by Garff MHK Daphne Caine.

She said: “I am delighted to accept the chief minister’s invitation to join the Council of Ministers.

“I have a passionate interest in the delivery of education and I look forward to making a positive contribution to developing and enhancing education, sport and culture across the Island.”

Mrs Caine was elected in 2016 and is the current chair of the Climate Change Transformation Board.

She also served as the Children’s Champion between 2016 and 2018.


Manx Radio has contacted Julie Edge for comment.

You can hear more from the new DESC Minister Daphne Caine on Manx Radio Breakfast tomorrow (22 February) from 7.30am.

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