‘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

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Sound of Grimond's gunfire at LibDem conference

Nick Clegg in his leader's speech at the LibDem Party conference talked of the party marching towards the sound of gunfire. He was referring to a call by former Liberal leader, Jo Grimond.  Grimond (leader from 1956 to 1967) and his predecessor, Clement Davies (leader from 1945 to 1956) presided over the party in its darkest days, reduced in 1956 to just 5 MPs. Grimond and Davies would have jumped at the chance to lead a party of 57 MPs, in government, however uncomfortable it may be.

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