‘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

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Defectors and Loyalists Data Released

707 people sat as a Liberal or LibDem MP between 1910 and 2010. I have a complete spreadsheet showing who they all were, which constituencies they represented, dates of birth, marriage, divorce, death, wealth at death, age at death, religion, military rank, occupation outside parliament, ministerial office, all elections fought and won or lost, age at first contest and first election and the reason for their departure from the House of Commons as a Liberal MP. All inward and outward defectors are identified. This database underpinned my doctoral thesis and my latest book on political defections. I am making the spreadsheet available to historians, journalists and politicians free of charge. See image on right for very small sample of the charts and database.To request a copy, please email me at aww5 at

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