‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Lord Stevens' Defection to UKIP

Political defections are in the news today, with former-Conservative, Lord Stevens, joining UKIP.

Since the 2010 election there has been a trickle of defections of LibDem councillors to Labour – but nothing more serious. Both the LibDems and the Labour Party have been remarkably disciplined during this parliament and have not suffered serious splits or defections. However, the Conservatives - in power and traditionally the most cohesive party - have suffered the most serious outflow of defectors with a steady flow of local councillors defecting to UKIP and now a member of the House of Lords following suit.

My new book on political defections, Defectors and the Liberal Party 1910 to 2010 – A Study of Inter-party Relations, is published by Manchester University Press, giving an overview of a century of defections.

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