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​Jonathan KING LLB MA DPhil LRSM

Clerk of Tynwald, Secretary to the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker

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Education: Campbell College, Belfast; Emmanuel College, Cambridge: MA Hons degree in music; Wadham College, Oxford: DPhil in medieval music; Open University: Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Career: Postdoctoral research fellow, Royal Holloway University of London, 1996-97; Peripatetic violin teacher, London, 1996-97; Member of editorial team, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1996-98; UK civil servant, 1998-2007: Various roles in Home Office, Cabinet Office and Ministry of Justice including responsibilities in criminal policy and legislation, prisons and probation, drugs, immigration and asylum

Parliamentary Career

Jonathan took up the post of Clerk of Tynwald, Secretary to the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker in September 2021.

Jonathan King has responsibility for delivering parliamentary services including procedural advice and drafting; committee secretariat functions; reporting and information management including audio streaming, Hansard and library functions; ceremonies and events; and engagement and outreach both international and domestic.

Jonathan has served as Deputy Clerk of Tynwald and Clerk of the Legislative Council, 2007 to 2021; Clerk of the Public Accounts Committee, 2007 to 2016; Clerk of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee, 2011 to 2021; Clerk of the Economic Policy Review Committee, 2016 to date; and Clerk of the Emoluments Committee, 2008 to 2021. He has managed committee inquiries on a wide range of social, economic, environmental, legal and financial issues.

Jonathan has delivered training in parliamentary law and practice to Isle of Man civil servants and trainee Manx advocates, and in parliamentary history through University College Isle of Man. He is an active participant in interparliamentary networks including the UK and Irish parliamentary and assembly officers network and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, with whom he has delivered knowledge sharing and capacity building programmes in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and West Africa.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Isle of Man Branch Hon Secretary 2021 to date.
Isle of Man Branch Assistant Secretary 2007-2021.​