PersonalAlexander F Downie MLC

Education: Tynwald Street and Demesne Road Primary Schools; Ballakermeen; Douglas High School; Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI); Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (FMarEST)

Family: Married to Margaret (née Addison) Retired ophthalmic nursing sister

Career: Marine seagoing engineer, Manchester, P & O, British India, Trident Tankers, Isle of Man Steam Packet Co; Self-employed, heating maintenance business

Public Service: Douglas Borough Council 1987-91 (St George’s Ward); Chairman: Entertainments and Publicity Committee, Transport Committee, Commercial Lettings Committee; Member: Isle of Man Coastguard Rescue Service (retired), Arms and Armour Society, Vintage Motorcycle Club and Italian Motorcycle Owners’ Club; President: Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Honours and Decorations: Recipient of the Coastguard Medal; OBE 2011

Interests: Antique firearms/weaponry, Napoleon, TT Races, classic Italian and vintage motorcycles, travel


Parliamentary Profile


Member of the Legislative Council 2005-15
Member of the Treasury 2013-15
Member of the Emoluments Committee 2010-15
Member of the Tynwald Honours Committee 2013-15

Parliamentary Career

Minister: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 1999-2002, Trade and Industry 2002-06

Member: Tourism, Leisure and Transport 1991-93, Manx Heritage Foundation 1992-96, Local Government and the Environment, Treasury 2006-10, Treasury - Financial Services with responsibility for the Development of the Space Industry and E-Commerce 1999-10, Court of Salford University,  Economic Development with responsibility for Aircraft and Ship Registries, Space and Information Systems Division 2010-13

Chairman: Planning Committee 1993-96, Estates and Properties Division, Isle of Man Postal Authority 1997-99, Isle of Man Films Ltd 2003-06

Trustee and Vice-Chairman Director: Douglas Development Partnership, Institute of Space Commerce and Development - part of the International Space University Strasburg, Manx National Heritage (Manx Museum and National Trust) 2011-12

Committees of Tynwald:  Declaration of Members’ Interests, Freedom of Information Legislation 1993-95, Petition for Redress of Grievance 1995, Select Committee on the Affairs of Braddan Parish Commissioners 2007-09, Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee 2011-13, Select Committee on Towed Caravans 2014

House of Keys’ Committees: Civil Jurisdiction and Judgements Bill 1992-93, Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 1994, Standing Orders 2002-05, Select Committee on Voluntary Euthanasia 2004-05

Council of Ministers’ Committees: Social Issues 1992-99, Silverdale Car Park Sub-Committee 1999, E-Commerce, Ombudsman Sub-Committee, Economic Development 1999-2005, Manx National Economic Development Council 1998-2010, Queen’s Pier Steering Group 2009-10, Manx National Heritage Working Group 2007-10, Constitutional and External Relations 2006-10

Electoral History

First stood and elected as Member of the House of Keys for Douglas West in 1991, re-elected 1996 and 2001. First elected as a Member of the Legislative Council in 2005, re-elected in 2010 for a term expiring 28th February 2015

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Member: Isle of Man Branch Executive Committee 2011-date

Study Visits: Westminster, London 1992; Gibraltar 1993

Other Activities: Commonwealth Seminar, Papua New Guinea 1995; Election Observer, British Virgin Islands 2011

Regional Conference: Guernsey 1992; Gibraltar 1993; United Kingdom 2003; Falkland Islands 2004

Plenary Conferences: Jersey, United Kingdom 2000; Malaysia 2008; London 2011; South Africa 2013

Political Interests

Economic development