John Ramsey HOUGHTON MHK (Douglas North)

PersonalJohn R Houghton MHK

Education: Laxey Primary School, Ballakermeen and St Ninian’s High Schools

Family: 2 daughters

Career: Sub-postmaster at Willaston, Douglas from 1980-2000; Former Commandant, IOM Special Constabulary, total service 18 years 

Public Service: Isle of Man Karate Club (1973-date), affiliated to Karate Union of Great Britain; Chairman: Isle of Man Martial Arts Association

Interests: Karate instructor, walking, reading, and listening to music


Parliamentary Profile

Tynwald Court 17th May 2016 - Under schedule 1 paragraph 4.3A of the Standing Orders of Tynwald Court, Mr Houghton refused to apologize, was suspended and withdrew.

Parliamentary Career

Member of the House of Keys 1996-2016

Member: Education 1996-99, Health and Social Security 1996-98, Local Government and the Environment 1999-2004, Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading 1996-2004 (Chairman 1999-2004), Employers’ side of Whitley Council 2004-09, Education and Children 2011-12, Member of the Department of Infrastructure 2012-2016

Chairman: Civil Service Commission 2004-11, Water and Sewerage Authority 2012-14, Select Committee on Civil Legal Proceedings 2012-2016

Vice Chairman: Manx Electricity Authority 2011-14

Committees of Tynwald: Select Committee on Douglas Corporation Policy on Villa Marina Staff 2004-06, Select Committee on Petition for Redress of Grievance of Phillip John Kermode 2003-04, Select Committee on the Compensation Claim – Mount Murray Residents 2004, Select Committee on Kaupthing Singer Friedlander 2009-11, Tynwald Management Committee 2007-11

Chairman: Select Committee on the Petition for Redress of Grievance of Leslie and Winifred Cook 2003-05

Council of Ministers Committees: Governance 2010-11

Electoral History

First stood and elected as Member of the House of Keys for Douglas North in 1996, re-elected in 2001, 2006 and 2011 

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Study Visit: Westminster, London 1998​