Barney Hayhoe, Baron Hayhoe

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Barney Hayhoe, Baron Hayhoe
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Army
In office
4 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Robert Brown
Succeeded by Philip Goodhart
Member of Parliament
for Brentford and Isleworth
In office
28 February 1974 – 9 April 1992
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Nirj Deva
Member of Parliament
for Heston and Isleworth
In office
18 June 1970 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by Reader Harris
Succeeded by Constituency abolished

Bernard John Hayhoe, Baron Hayhoe, PC (8 August 1925 – 7 September 2013) was a British Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Surrey and attended Stanley Technical School, South Norwood. He left school at 16 to take up an apprenticeship in a toolroom and studied at Borough Polytechnic. He then joined the Ministry of Supply as a weapons engineer in the armaments department and later moved to the Inspectorate of Armaments.[1]

Political career[edit]

Hayhoe was elected the national chairman of the Young Conservatives in 1952 and left the civil service to contest Lewisham South at the 1964 election. He then worked for the Conservative Research Department. He was selected as the candidate for Heston and Isleworth for the 1970 election in place of Reader Harris, who was then facing criminal charges. Although Harris was acquitted before the election, Hayhoe remained the candidate.

Hayhoe was the Member of Parliament for Heston and Isleworth from 1970 until February 1974, then for Brentford and Isleworth from February 1974 until he retired at the 1992 general election. He had ministerial responsibility for the Army (1979–1981), the Civil Service Department (1981), the Civil Service (1981–1985) and the DHSS (1985–1986). He was on the moderate, left wing of the party and supported Michael Heseltine in his leadership challenge to Margaret Thatcher.

He was appointed as a Privy Councillor in 1985,[2] knighted in 1987[3] and made a life peer on 21 August 1992 as Baron Hayhoe, of Isleworth in the London Borough of Hounslow.[4]


  1. ^ Telegraph Obituary. Retrieved 10 September 2013
  2. ^ "No. 50154". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1985. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "No. 50873". The London Gazette (Supplement). 27 March 1987. p. 4181. 
  4. ^ "No. 53030". The London Gazette. 26 August 1992. p. 14437. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Reader Harris
Member of Parliament for Heston and Isleworth
1970Feb 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth
Feb 19741992
Succeeded by
Nirj Deva