|The Right Honourable
The Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes
|Member of Parliament
18 June 1970 – 10 June 1987
|Preceded by||Jack Diamond|
|Succeeded by||Douglas French|
|Born||Sarah A. Viner
26 July 1928
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.
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. 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.
- "Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958" index". FamilySearch.
- See also: "BIRTHS entry for Sarah A Viner; citing Dublin South, Jul-Sep 1928, vol. 2, p. 527". General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101230. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "Oppenheim, Sally". Jewish Virtual Library. Biodata, with year of birth given correctly as 1928.
- "No. 51646". The London Gazette. 15 February 1989. p. 1935.
- 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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