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Hon Clare Louise BARBER MHK  
Formerly Clare Louise Bettison MHK

Constituency: Douglas East 

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Address: Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 3PW

Tel: 07624 257947


Address as: Mrs Barber, Minister Barber

Full title: Hon Clare Barber MHK

Political Surgeries: Last Saturday of each month 11 am to 1 pm at Henry Bloom Noble Library, Douglas. The surgeries are joint surgeries: Douglas MHKs and Douglas Borough Councillors - rota to be published by the Council. Please contact me directly for an appointment outside of these times.​


Born: Frimley, Surrey.

Education: Kendrick School, Reading, Berkshire; Ranelagh School, Bracknell, Berkshire; Ad Dip (Adult Nursing) University of Southampton 2005.

Family: Living with my husband, Chris, and two stepsons.

Career: From the age of 15 I worked within the nursing home sector, first as a kitchen porter and latterly as a healthcare assistant. This inspired me to go to university to study nursing. Post-qualifying as a registered nurse in 2005, I worked in Southampton General Hospital on the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. When the opportunity arose I applied for a job in Noble's Hospital as a staff nurse on the Intensive Care Unit and worked there from 2007 until 2015. I worked on the hospital bank from 2015-16 in various departments at Noble's Hospital, prior to my election as MHK for Douglas East in September 2016.

Public Service: Member - RNLI Douglas Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

Interests: Photography, local heritage and history, singing, learning about nature and wildlife, camping, listening to live music, fishing, fundraising for Douglas RNLI, travelling and experiencing different cultures. 

Parliamentary Profile 

Member of the House of Keys 2016-date.
Member of the Ecclesiastical Committee 2020-date.
Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture 2021-date.

Parliamentary Career

Member: Health and Social Care 2016-17; Member of the Department of Home Affairs 2016-2021; Member of the Department of Health and Social Care 2018-2021. 

Statutory Boards: Vice-Chair of the Isle of Man Post Office 2017-2018.

Committees of Tynwald: Member of the Select Committee on the Organization and Operation of the General Election 2016-2017; Chair of the Select Committee of Tynwald on Library Provision 2017-18; Alternate Member of the Public Accounts Committee (for the purpose and duration of the Committee's consideration of the Media Development Fund) Oct 2018-2020; Alternate Member of the Public Accounts Commitee (for the purpose and duration of the Douglas Promenade Inquiry) 2018-2020; Member of the Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee 2016-2020; Chair of the Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee 2020-2021; Member of the Public Accounts Committee 2020-2021.

Council of Ministers' Committees: Single Legal Entity Committee Feb-date; Chief Minister's Telecoms Committee 2018-date; Council of Ministers'Working Party on Libraries 2018-date, Member of Tynwald Advisory Council for Disabilities 2016-2018.

Commonweath Parliamentary Association

Study visit: Westminster, London 2017; Jersey 2019.

Education Programmes: CPA Fundamentals Programme on Parliamentary Practice 2017.

Plenary Conferences: Dhaka, Bangladesh 2017.

Electoral History

Elected as Member of the House of Keys for Douglas East in 2016, having stood unsuccessfully in a by-election in 2015; re-elected in 2021.