Sally Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes

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Sally Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes PC (born 26 July 1930[1]), née Viner, is a British Conservative politician.

Born in Dublin and educated in Sheffield, where her father was a diamond cutter, Sally Viner was educated at Lowther College[2] and worked as a social worker in London before entering politics.[3]

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.


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "G", part 1". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  2. ^ 'Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness (born 26 July 1930)' in Who's Who 2012 (London, A. & C. Black)
  3. ^ Jewish Virtual Library bio, which gives her year of birth as 1928

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