Guy Barnett (British politician)
Education and teaching and development work
He was educated at Highgate School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He taught at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, from 1953 to 1959 and at Friends' School, Kamusinga, in Kenya, from 1960 to 1961. He then worked for various development charities, until 1962.
After unsuccessfully contesting Scarborough and Whitby in 1959, Barnett was elected MP for South Dorset in a by-election in November 1962  after the Conservative MP Victor Montagu succeeded to the peerage as the Earl of Sandwich. Barnett only held the seat briefly as he was defeated in the 1964 general election.
He was returned to parliament as MP for Greenwich in a by-election in July 1971, upon the resignation of the Labour incumbent Richard Marsh to become chairman of British Rail, and retained the seat until his death on Christmas Eve 1986. The subsequent by-election in February 1987 was won by the SDP candidate Rosie Barnes.
Guy Barnett was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, under Peter Shore, from 1976 to 1979 (when Labour lost the General Election) and Joint Secretary of the Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development from 1984 to 1986.
He was a Member of the General Advisory Council of BBC from 1973 to 1976. He was on the Board of Christian Aid from 1984 to 1986. He was a Governor of the Institute of Development Studies from 1984 to 1986 and a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich from 1974 to 1976. He was a Justice of the Peace.
In 1965, Cambridge University press published his book, By the Lake, about Kenyan culture.
In 1967, he married Daphne Anne Hortin. They had two children, a son and a daughter. He died on Christmas Eve 1986, aged 58.
- Who was Who
- For an account of the 1962 by-election see article on Dorset Life website.
- Barnett's contributions to the House of Commons recorded in Hansard
- British Library Integrated Catalogue entry: By the Lake. [With illustrations, including a map.] pp. 75. University Press: Cambridge, 1965. This book describes traditional cultures in Western Kenya (An Annotated Bibliography of the Visual Arts of East Africa By Eugene C. Burt on "Google Booksearch").
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Guy Barnett
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