Elizabeth Barker, Baroness Barker

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The Baroness Barker
Official portrait of Baroness Barker crop 2.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
31 July 1999
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1961-01-31) 31 January 1961 (age 58)
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Alma materUniversity of Southampton

Elizabeth Jean Barker, Baroness Barker (born 31 January 1961) is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.

Barker was educated at Dalziel High School, a secondary school in Motherwell, Scotland.[1] She studied at the University of Southampton.[2]

Barker worked for Age Concern between 1983 and 2007. She was created a life peer as Baroness Barker, of Anagach in Highland,[3] on 31 July 1999[4] and is a Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise.[5]

Barker revealed in a speech to the House of Lords that she was in a same-sex relationship during the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013[6]. She has since become Patron of Opening Doors London, a charity providing support for older LGBT people, and an Ambassador for the Albert Kennedy Trust.


  1. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, Debrett's, 2008 ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Jean Barker, Baroness Barker", The Peerage, 5 November 2004
  4. ^ "No. 55574". The London Gazette. 6 August 1999. p. 8517.
  5. ^ "Jim Wallance Announces Lib Dem Spokespeople in Lords". Liberal Democrat Lords.
  6. ^ "Lib Dem peer Baroness Barker comes out during equal marriage debate". Pink News.

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