Sally Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes

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Sally Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes PC (born Sarah A. Viner, 26 July 1928[1]) is a British Conservative politician.

Born in Dublin in 1928, and raised and educated in Sheffield, where her father was a diamond cutter, Viner was educated at Lowther College, and worked as a social worker in London before entering politics.[1][2]

In the 1970 general election, she defeated John Diamond in the constituency of Gloucester; Diamond was the only cabinet minister to be defeated in the election. Some found her previous occupation to be somewhat appropriate — she had worked as a diamond cutter. She went on to represent Gloucester as Member of Parliament until 1987 and Minister of State for Consumer Affairs in the Department of Trade from 1979–82.

Oppenheim-Barnes was created a life peer as Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes, of Gloucester in the County of Gloucestershire on 9 February 1989.[3] Her son Phillip Oppenheim was formerly Conservative MP for Amber Valley. From 1983–87, mother and son served in the House of Commons simultaneously.


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Preceded by
Jack Diamond
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
Succeeded by
Douglas French