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Isle of Man chief minister Tony Brown to retire

Chief Minister Tony Brown
Image caption Chief Minister Tony Brown will not be standing in the 2011 general elections

The chief minister of the Isle of Man has announced his retirement.

After 35 years in public service, Tony Brown said the time was right for him to step down from Manx politics.

Mr Brown began his political career in 1976 as a commissioner for Castletown and has since served 30 years in office as a member of the House of Keys.

He said he has been fortunate to serve the people of Castletown and the island for such a long time.

He added: "As a political representative I have always endeavoured to be accessible, approachable and open with people.

"I have also endeavoured to act impartially and with integrity".

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