Richard Barnes (British politician)

Richard Barnes (British politician)

Infobox AM
honorific-prefix =
name = Councillor Richard Barnes AM
honorific-suffix =

caption =
order = 4th Deputy Mayor of London
term_start = 6 May 2008
term_end =
1blankname = Mayor
1namedata = Boris Johnson
predecessor = Nicky Gavron
successor = Incumbent
constituency_AM2 = Ealing and Hillingdon
assembly2 = London
term_start2 = 4 May 2000
predecessor2 = "New constituency"
birth_date =
birth_place =
death_date =
death_place =
nationality = British
spouse =
party = Conservative
relations =
children =
residence =
alma_mater = University of Wales
occupation =
profession =
religion =

website =
footnotes =

Richard Barnes is a politician and a Conservative member of the London Assembly representing the Ealing and Hillingdon constituency and the Deputy Mayor of London.


Barnes is a graduate in economics from the University of Wales, and having spent a number of years living in various Scandinavian countries speaks Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and French and is currently learning British Sign Language. He is no longer fluent in some of the languages however.

Political career and community involvement

Barnes has been a councillor in the London Borough of Hillingdon since 1982 and was leader of that council from 1998, securing the re-election of the Conservative administration with an 11% swing, one of the most remarkable results in a poor year for the party. He is currently a councillor for Harefield, re-elected in 2006, and is a well known member of the village community, helping to secure important funding for the village infrastructure, and working hard with other stakeholders to help the fight to save and potect Harefield Hospital.

Barnes is a member of the North West London Strategic Health Authority and of the Metropolitan Police Authority, of which he was formerly deputy chairman. He speaks on policing for the Conservatives on the London Assembly and in late 2007 was elected as Leader of the Conservatives in the London Assembly.

A member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, formerly Deputy Chair, law and order / crime and disorder / London resilience and safety are Richard’s foremost interests on the Assembly and he authored the report, and chaired the enquiry, into the London bombings of 7th July 2005. This has led to his taking a very public national and international role in the fight against terrorism, particulalry in addressing the ability of urban authorities to build resistance and response mechanisms to potential atrocities. In 2007 he spoke at conferences in both Dubai and New York.

Barnes opposed Section 28 and is openly gay. [cite web |title=Gay candidate welcomes Boris to Mayoral race |url= |date=2007-07-16 |accessdate=2007-08-04 |work=PinkNews]

Appointment as statutory Deputy Mayor of London

After Boris Johnson's victory in the 2008 mayoral election, Barnes was appointed on 6 May 2008 as statutory Deputy Mayor of London, [cite web |title=Boris Johnson announces further senior appointments to his administration|url= |date=2008-05-06 |accessdate=2008-05-06 |] making him both the first male and the first LGBT Deputy Mayor of London.


External links

* [ Biography from the London Assembly]
* [ Official website]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Richard Barnes — may refer to:*Richard Barnes (British politician), London politician *Richard Barnes (journalist), Australian journalist *Richard Barnes (musician), British musician *Richard Barnes (bishop) (1532–1587), 16th century Bishop of Durham *Richard… …   Wikipedia

  • Barnes (name) — Barnes is an Anglo Saxon surname [cite web |url= |title=Surnames: Barnes |accessdate=2008 04 21 |] and rare given name. It may refer to: Surname *Barnes, Albert (1798 1870),… …   Wikipedia

  • Richard Mason — may refer to: Richard Mason (novelist 1919–1997), English author of The World of Suzie Wong Richard Mason (novelist born 1977), English writer, the author of The Drowning People Richard Mason (politician) (c. 1633–1685), British Member of… …   Wikipedia

  • Richard Crossman — The Right Honourable Richard Crossman OBE Secretary of State for Social Services In office 1 November 1968 – 19 June 1970 Prime Minister Harold Wilson …   Wikipedia

  • Richard W. B. Clarke — Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke, KCB , OBE (commonly known as Otto Clarke) (13 August 1910 ndash; 21 June 1975) was a British civil servant. He was educated at Christ s Hospital, London and Clare College, Cambridge; he was sixth wrangler in… …   Wikipedia

  • List of current members of the British Privy Council — This article is part of the series: Historical lists of Privy Counsellors List of Privy Counsellors (1679–1714) List of Privy Counsellors (1714–1820) List of Privy Counsellors (1820–1837) List of Privy Counsellors (1837–1901) List of Privy… …   Wikipedia

  • Guy Barnett (UK politician) — For other people named Guy Barnett, see Guy Barnett (disambiguation). Nicolas Guy Barnett (23 August 1928 – 24 December 1986) was a British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament. Contents 1 Education and teaching and development work 2 …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Howard (Irish politician) — For other people named Michael Howard, see Michael Howard (disambiguation). Michael Howard (19 September 1933 – 17 February 2009) was an Irish Fine Gael party politician who served in Seanad Éireann for nearly 20 years.[1] An unsuccessful… …   Wikipedia

  • Question Time British National Party controversy — Protesters gather outside the BBC Television Centre in London before the episode of Question Time Participants …   Wikipedia

  • List of articles about British Columbia CCF/NDP members — This articles lists Wikipedia articles about members of the British Columbia, Canada, branch of the Co operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), a social democratic political party, and its successor, the British Columbia New Democratic Party… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.