Gline Arley Clarke, JP, MP
Member of Parliament, Barbados
Gline Clarke is a seasoned Parliamentarian, trained teacher and businessman hailing from Newbury, St. George.
Early life and education
Gline Arley Clarke was born in Newbury, St. George, Barbados on 9 February 1951. A product of the Federal High School,
he graduated from the University of the West
Indies at Cave Hill in 1974 with a degree in
Social Science and Political Science with
Clarke started teaching in 1970 at the St. Jude's Primary, he also taught at the St. George Secondary School and the Grantley Adams Memorial. He was a former "Principles of Business" Examiner with the Caribbean Examinations Council. He also had
a brief stint at the Barbados O’ Level Institute.
He served as Vice Counsel and
Liaison Officer at the Barbados High Commission
in Canada from 1983-1987. In 1984,
he became a founding member and first President
of the Barbados Overseas Community – Canada Inc, the organization dedicated to
promoting the heritage of Barbadians living
abroad while supporting their adoptive home
On his return to Barbados in 1990, he
assumed the position of Executive Assistant
to the then Leader of the Opposition, Henry - now Sir Henry - Forde. He worked with Mr.
Forde from 1991-1993 and then Leader of the
Opposition, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur,
At his first try at the polls in 1991, Clarke lost to Cyril Walker of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). In 1994, when he was first elected to
Parliament, Gline Clarke served as Parliamentary
Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and
Public Works with specific responsibility for
the Ministry of Housing. On being re-elected
in 1999, he served as Minister of Housing
and Lands until 2003, and then as Minister of
Public Works and Transport from 2003-2008.
Clarke’s major achievement in
the Ministry of Housing was the 2003 amendments
to the Tenantry Free Hold Purchase
Act that now permits residence in urban and
private tenantries across Barbados to own
the land that they have lived on for decades
at minimum cost.
As Minister of Public Works, the
Transport Authority Act was passed in 2007.
Clarke was re-elected to the Barbados House of Assembly in the 21 February 2013 General Election. He retained his seat in the 24 May 2018 election and will serve as the Deputy Speaker in the 2018-2023 Parliament.
He played cricket for the Derbyshire (Cottage) team and is also active in competitive dominoes. He formed the Barbados Volleyball Association and was its first treasurer.