Sally Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes
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.
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. Her son Phillip Oppenheim was formerly Conservative MP for Amber Valley. From 1983–87, mother and son served in the House of Commons simultaneously.
- "Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958" index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F13Z-H5P: accessed 12 Mar 2014), BIRTHS entry for Sarah A Viner; citing Dublin South, Jul-Sep 1928, vol. 2, p. 527, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101230.
- Jewish Virtual Library biodata, with year of birth given correctly as 1928
- The London Gazette: . 15 February 1989.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sally Oppenheim-Barnes
- Women's Rights: Radical Change – video of Oppenheim appearing in a BBC debate first televised in 1974
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