Isle of Man

Photo: Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal

Photo: Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal

Key Facts

Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II

Capital City (location of Parliament): Douglas

Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral - House of Keys (24) and Legislative Council (11). The Court of Tywnald is the combined sitting of both Houses.

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CPA UK & the Isle of Man

Parliamentarians from the UK and Tynwald, Isle of Man, participate in regular multilateral activities facilitated by the CPA British Islands and Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR), of which CPA UK is the Secretariat.

CPA UK welcomes visits from Members of Tynwald and has previously provided familiarisation programmes on the Westminster system, giving Members an opportunity to share experience of parliamentary practice and procedure, and to discuss the role of the Commonwealth in promoting good governance.

Tynwald regularly partners with CPA UK to support programmes as part of the UK Overseas Territories Project, to promote the sharing of knowledge and experience of public financial management across small legislatures.

Isle of Man have also supported CPA BIMR in its Election Observation Missions, most notably those to Montserrat (2020) and the Cayman Islands (2017).




Our Recent Programmes

CPA BIMR Election Observation Mission to MontserratMontserrat, 11-20 November 2019

From 11-20 November 2019, international observers carried out an independent Election Observation to the Montserrat 2019 General Election. The Mission concluded the elections were “vibrant, peaceful and highly competitive”, but also made a significant number of recommendations for future improvements. The Mission was headed up by Hon. Julian Robinson MP from the Parliament of Jamaica who was joined by representatives and election and campaign experts from the Isle of Man, Anguilla, Ireland, Denmark, France and the UK. The report is available here

CPA BIMR Election Observation Training, Westminster, 18-19 July 2019

CPA UK hosted a two-day election observation programme for 28 parliamentarians from across the CPA's British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) and CPA UK staff. The programme explored the history and international standards of election observation and offered practical insights and advice to participants considering applying to join election observation missions.

Visit of Delegation of the House of Keys, Westminster, 29-31 March and 25-27 October 2017

Following the Isle of Man's elections in April 2017, CPA UK hosted all Members of the House of Keys in two tranches. Visits took place in May and October 2017, focusing on providing a familiarisation programme for new MHKs. Themes included parliamentary practice and procedure, the responsibilities of a parliamentarian, oversight and scrutiny and public outreach. The delegation also visited an MP's constituency office to learn and share experiences of serving their communities. The Tynwald delegation was headed by Hon. Juan Watterson SHK, Speaker of the House of Keys.

Election Observation Mission to the Cayman Islands General Election, Cayman Islands, 19-27 May 2017

CPA UK organised the CPA BIMR conducted an Election Observation Mission to assess the electoral process in accordance with international commitments for elections as well as the laws of the Cayman Islands. The Head of Mission was Hon. President Steve Rodan, MLC, Tynwald.