|The Right Honourable
|Minister of State for Asylum and Immigration|
1999 – 11 June 2001
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Rooker|
|Member of Parliament
for Hornsey and Wood Green
9 April 1992 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Hugh Rossi|
|Succeeded by||Lynne Featherstone|
|Born||13 April 1954|
|Alma mater||Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford|
Barbara Maureen Roche (née Margolis, born 13 April 1954) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hornsey and Wood Green from 1992 until 2005, when she lost the seat, despite having previously enjoyed a majority of over 10,500. She is most well known for her open-door immigration policy and her infamous statement that 'the UK is a nation of immigrants' which genetic research had proven not to be the case.
She was educated at the Jews Free School, Camden Town and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford where she achieved a Bachelor of Arts. She trained to be a barrister and was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, 1977.
First elected to Parliament in 1992, she saw her majority soar to 20,500 in 1997 (including polling 26,000 votes more than the Liberal Democrats' candidate, Lynne Featherstone, who eventually unseated her). However, by 2001 her majority had almost halved to 10,500, and in 2005 she unexpectedly lost her seat on a large 14.6% swing. Factors in her defeat include her association with many of the government's more unpopular policies, such as the crucial 26 March 2003 vote on the war on Iraq, with The Times describing her in 2005 as "a fiercely loyal Labour MP, who has only rebelled against the Government in four out of 1,570 votes."
During her time in Government, she held several ministerial offices; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry, 1997–1998; Financial Secretary to the Treasury, 1999; Minister of State, Home Office, 1999–2001; Cabinet Office, 2001–2002; Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 2002-2003.
She is an avid theatre-goer and reader of detective fiction. Since her defeat in 2005, she has recently been attempting to re-enter the Commons, seeking the Labour Party nomination and being shortlisted in the 'safe' Labour seats of Stockton North, Houghton & Sunderland South, Wigan, and Stalybridge & Hyde but has not been selected for any of them, despite the support of the Labour-affiliated Unite union.
- Evening Gazette, 14 January 2008
- The Journal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 20 April 2009
- Wigan Today, 4 February 2010
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Barbara Roche
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Hugh Rossi
|Member of Parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green
|Financial Secretary to the Treasury