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Ministerial Changes 2 July 2004

Chief Minister Richard Corkill MHK has announced the appointment of two new members to the Council of Ministers and the transfer of two current members to new Ministerial responsibilities.

Glenfaba MHK David Anderson is the new Minister for Education, succeeding Steve Rodan MHK who takes over from Clare Christian MLC as Minister for Health and Social Security.

North Douglas MHK Bill Henderson is the new Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, succeeding John Rimington MHK who takes over from Pamela Crowe MLC as Minister for Local Government and the Environment.

Said Mr Corkill:

"Nothing stands still in politics and I made it clear all along that the mid-term review of positions would include Ministers. There has to be recognition that change is inevitable and in making these changes I am taking into account the particular abilities and interests of the new appointees whilst recognising the hard work and dedicated service of the departing Ministers.

"Mrs Christian has been Minister for Health and Social Security since 1996 and has steered the Department very expertly through a great amount of change and modernisation. Recently this culminated in the new Nobles Hospital being officially opened. She has shown total integrity, commitment and responsibility in performing this vital role on behalf of the public of the Isle of Man, and she is owed a debt of gratitude by us all.

"Mrs Crowe has worked tirelessly at the Department of Local Government of the Environment and her robust approach has produced real results in delivering affordable housing, a significant achievement which should not be underestimated. She has also been courageous in establishing a real agenda for change in the areas of waste management and the structure of local government.

"I am keen that Mrs Christian and Mrs Crowe should still be able to make a strong contribution to the work of Government, and hope that their appointment to other important roles will be confirmed in the near future."

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