Brenda Josephine CANNELL MHK (Douglas East) 

PersonalBrenda J Cannell MHK

Education: Halsall Road School for Girls and Manor Road Secondary Modern School; Colquitt Street College, Liverpool; London Union (Water, waste and toxins)

Family: Resident in the Isle of Man since 1977, Married to Charles Randall Cannell 1983, 2 sons

Career: Business woman

Public Service: Douglas Town Council (Derby Ward) 1992-95, serving on Public Health and Housing Committee (Chairman 1993-94), Youth Club Management, Municipal Association, Centenary Committee, Commercial Lettings, Appeals and Select Committee Technical Services, 1st Douglas Tynwald Pack Cubs 1995-97, Douglas Amateur Swimming Club 2000-04, Douglas Development Partnership 2001-04; Vice-Chairman: Society for Preservation Manx Countryside and Environment 1994-95; Former Press Officer and Field Officer Isle of Man Friends of the Earth

Interests: Music, organic gardening, environment and Manx politics


Parliamentary Profile


Member of the House of Keys 1996-15
Member of the Public Accounts Committee (eo) 2011-15
Chairman of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee 2011-15
Member of the Standing Orders Committee of the House of Keys 2010-15
Member of the Select Committee on Civil Legal Proceedings 2012-15
Member of the Select Committee on Animal Welfare (Petition for Redress) 2014-15

Parliamentary Career

Member: Home Affairs, Trade and Industry 1997-2000, Home Affairs 1997-99, Education 2001 and 2005-06, Transport 2001-03, Local Government and the Environment 2004-05, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2006-10, Community, Culture and Leisure 2010, Environment, Food and Agriculture 2011-14

Chairman: Water Authority 2002-04, Planning Committee 2004-05

Vice Chairman: Office of Fair Trading 2004-06, Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons 2001-07, Isle of Man Water Authority 2007-09

Committees of Tynwald: Petition for Redress of Grievance Jean Noreen Thompson 1996-98, Equalisation of Pensionable Age 1997-98, Economic Initiatives 2002-06, Petition for Redress of Grievance of Leslie & Winifred Cook 2003-05, Castletown and Ballasalla Sub-Post Offices 2002-03, Douglas Corporation Policy on Villa Marina Staff 2004-06, Petition for Redress of Grievance of John Michael Leather 2004-05, Petition for Redress of Grievance of MA and TA Cooil 2004-06, Select Committee on the Petition for Redress of Grievance of Roy Redmayne 2005-06, Select Committee on Advertising in the Countryside 2009-10, Select Committee on the Kirk Michael School Land Exchange Agreement 2012-14, Select Committee on the Domestic Rating System (Petition for Redress) 2014, Select Committee on Building Regulations etc. (Petition for Redress) 2013-2015

Chairman: Petition for Redress of Grievance of Jill Dugdale 1999-2001, Select Committee on Crossag Farm 2008-10, Scrutiny 2007-11

House of Keys’ Committees: Legislative Council 1997-99, Constitution (Leg Co) Bill 2003-04

Chairman: Deputation on the Sunbeds Bill 2013

Electoral History

Contested Douglas East unsuccessfully in 1991 and 1995 by-election, elected in 1996, re-elected in 2001, 2006 and 2011

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Member: Isle of Man Branch

Study Visits: Westminster, London 1997; Dáil Éireann, Dublin 1999

Plenary Conference:  New Zealand 1998​​