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Harold Barnes (born 22 July 1936) is an English politician who was the Labour Party Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire from 1987 to 2005.

Harry Barnes
Member of Parliament
for North East Derbyshire
In office
11 June 1987 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byRaymond Ellis
Succeeded byNatascha Engel
Personal details
Born (1936-07-22) 22 July 1936 (age 83)
Easington, County Durham
Political partyLabour
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
Alma materRuskin College
University of Hull[1]
ProfessionPolitician (retired)


Life and careerEdit

Born in Easington, County Durham, Barnes was educated at Ruskin College in Oxford and the University of Hull. He was elected to Parliament in the 1987 election. Barnes stood down at the May 2005 general election, and was succeeded by Natascha Engel.

Political PositionsEdit

Barnes was considered to be on the left of the party, and as a member of the Socialist Campaign Group (SCG) he voted against Tony Blair's leadership on a number of issues.[2] However, unlike other members of the SCG he was not an advocate of the Troops out movement (from Northern Ireland). When the group split over NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999, he supported intervention, which was the position of the government.[3]

Before entering parliament, Barnes was a member of the Independent Labour Party's successor organisation, Independent Labour Publications.[1] As an MP, he joined a supporters group, Friends of the ILP.


  1. ^ a b "Candidate: Harry Barnes", Vote 2001, BBC News
  2. ^ "Harry Barnes, Labour MP, North-East Derbyshire", BBC News, 17 October 2002
  3. ^ Harry Barnes "Letter: Battles over Kosovo", The Independent, 22 April 1999

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Raymond Ellis
Member of Parliament for Derbyshire North East
Succeeded by
Natascha Engel