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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 to 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. From 1983 to 1987, mother and son served in the House of Commons simultaneously.
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