Sally Oppenheim-Barnes

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes
Member of Parliament
for Gloucester
In office
18 June 1970 – 10 June 1987
Preceded by Jack Diamond
Succeeded by Douglas French
Personal details
Born Sarah A. Viner
(1928-07-26) 26 July 1928 (age 89)
Political party Conservative

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

Early life[edit]

Born in Dublin in 1928, and raised and educated in Sheffield where her father worked as 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 to represent the constituency of Gloucester; Diamond was the only cabinet minister to lose his seat at that election. Some found her previous occupation to be somewhat appropriate — she had worked as a diamond cutter. She continued as Member of Parliament for Gloucester until 1987 and was Minister of State for Consumer Affairs in the Department of Trade between 1979 and 1982.

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. Between 1983 and 1987 mother and son served simultaneously in the House of Commons.


  1. ^ a b "Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958" index". FamilySearch. 
  2. ^ "Oppenheim, Sally". Jewish Virtual Library.  Biodata, with year of birth given correctly as 1928.
  3. ^ "No. 51646". The London Gazette. 15 February 1989. p. 1935. 

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