He was elected as member of the House of Keys (the Manx parliament) in 1984 and served in several ministerial posts before being elected Chief Minister in October 2011.
Allan Bell is gay and has been in a relationship with a man for a number of years.
- "People know that I’m gay. I’ve never made a secret of it, but no one has ever asked me."
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-15254222. "Allan Bell is elected the Isle of Man's chief minister". BBC News, 11 October 2011. Accessed: 2015-11-24. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6dHXb3jkA)
- http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/05/isle-of-man-legalise-gay-marriage Helen Pidd, "Isle of Man leader draws line under 'dark days' and aims to legalise gay marriage"