Michael Barnes obituary

Michael Barnes, who has died aged 85, was the Labour MP for Brentford and Chiswick in west London from 1966 to 1974 and subsequently had a long career in public service, culminating in serving as the legal services ombudsman for England and Wales (1991-97).

Mickey, as he was generally known, was born in Painswick, Gloucestershire, to Maj Cecil Barnes, a veteran of both world wars and a Tory constituency agent, and his wife, Katherine (nee Kennedy), who came from a Protestant, but ardently republican, family in Dublin.

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