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Sir Kevin John Barron (born 26 October 1946) is a British Labour Party politician and former coal industry worker. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rother Valley from 1983 until 2019.

Sir Kevin Barron
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Chairman of the Committee of Privileges
In office
6 July 2010 – 15 October 2018
Preceded bySir Malcolm Rifkind
Succeeded byKate Green
Chairman of the Committee on Standards
In office
6 July 2010 – 15 October 2018
Preceded bySir Malcolm Rifkind
Succeeded byKate Green
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition
In office
30 October 1985 – 11 November 1988
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byDerek Foster
Succeeded byAdam Ingram
Member of Parliament
for Rother Valley
In office
9 June 1983 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byPeter Hardy
Succeeded byTBD
Personal details
Born (1946-10-26) 26 October 1946 (age 73)
Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Carol McGrath (m. 1969–2008; her death); 3 children
Andree Deane (2012–present); 3 stepchildren
Alma materRuskin College

Early lifeEdit

Kevin John Barron, the son of Richard and Edna Barron, was born on 26 October 1946 at Hazlewood Castle, Tadcaster, Yorkshire, and educated at Maltby Hall Secondary Modern School, Ruskin College, and the University of Sheffield, where he earned a Diploma in Labour Studies in 1977, and was reportedly a member of Militant.[1]

On leaving school in 1962, Barron became an electrician at the Maltby colliery. He spent the next 23 years working in the coal industry. In 1982, he became president of the Rotherham Trades Union Congress. He was a member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), who later expelled him for speaking out against Arthur Scargill. Once, on picketing duty outside Maltby colliery, he was struck on the arm by a police baton. He successfully sued South Yorkshire Police for this. He was a political ally of Arthur Scargill.[2]

Parliamentary careerEdit

In 1983 Peter Hardy, Labour MP for Rother Valley, decided to switch constituencies to fight the equally safe neighbouring new seat of Wentworth. With NUM backing Barron secured the nomination and was duly elected as the Labour MP for Rother Valley at the 1983 general election.[3]

In 1985, Barron was made a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Neil Kinnock, a position he held until the 1988. Kinnock gave Barron a frontbench job in 1988 as an opposition spokesman on Energy he lost this position when John Smith took over the leadership and he refused another front bench position. Barron was returned to the front bench nine months later as a spokesman on Employment by the new leader John Smith, and after Smith's death Tony Blair moved Barron to speak on Health matters.[citation needed]

Barron was a leading figure in the campaign to rewrite Clause IV under the new leadership of Tony Blair and it came as a surprise that there was no job in government for him after the victorious 1997 general election. He served for eight years on the senior Intelligence and Security Committee and was made a Privy Councillor in 2001. He was made Chairman of the influential Health Select Committee after the 2005 general election.[4]

Barron has been a Member of the General Medical Council since 1999, and is passionately anti-smoking.[5]

Following the MP's expenses row, Barron placed his expenses claims cover sheets in the window of his constituency office in Laughton Road, Dinnington. In the review of Past Additional Cost Allowance by Sir Thomas Legg QC Barron was found to have no issues and was not required to repay any monies. In May 2010, Barron was returned to Westminster as the MP for Rother Valley with a severely reduced majority. In July 2010, he was appointed chair of the parliamentary Standards and Privileges Committee[4] and was returned unopposed to that post after the 2015 general election.[6]

Barron was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for political and public service.[7]

In October 2016, Barron was found to have broken the parliamentary code in 2011.[8] He was found to have taken funding from the Japanese Pharmaceutical Group to arrange banquets in the House of Commons, against Commons rules.

In the House of Commons he sits on the Committee on Privileges and Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and has previously sat on the Committee on Standards, Liaison Committee (Commons), Health and Social Care Committee, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, Environment Committee and Energy Committee.[9]

Barron campaigned for Remain in the 2016 referendum on the UK's EU membership.[10]

He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[11]

Barron was one of only three Labour MPs to vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal in the Meaningful vote on 15 January 2019 (along with Ian Austin and John Mann).[12] In June 2019, he was one of only 8 Labour MPs to reject Labour's efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit. This decision was extremely controversial, with Barron being widely denounced by members of his party.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Barron married Carol McGrath in 1969 in Rother Valley; the couple had a son and two daughters. Carol Barron died in June 2008.[14] Kevin Barron remarried, to Andree Deane, in 2012. He became stepfather to her three children (two sons and a daughter).[citation needed]



  1. ^ Milne, Seumas (2004) The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners (3rd edition). Verso, London, p. 247. An article by Barron appears on page 16 of 2 June 1978 issue of Militant.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ Barron profile Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Blake's Parliamentary Yearbook; accessed 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP – Give us a free vote over smoking ban, The Guardian; 18 December 2005. accessed 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  6. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 1.
  7. ^ "Labour MP Sir Kevin Barron breached code of conduct - BBC News". BBC News. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Kevin Barron". Parliament UK. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  9. ^ "EU vote: Where the cabinet and other MPs stand". BBC News. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  11. ^ "How did your MP vote in the March Brexit votes?". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Barron rejects Labour-led bid to stop no-deal". Labourlist. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  13. ^ Dinnington Today – Rother Valley MP's wife dies suddenly,; accessed 16 June 2014.

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Preceded by
Peter Hardy
Member of Parliament for Rother Valley
Succeeded by
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