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

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‘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

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‘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, 23 October 2012

Centrifugal defections hit SNP

Today we have more examples of centrifugal defections – defections to the outer fringes, both politically and geographically. Two SNP MSPs (John Finnie and Jean Urquhart) have defected from the party over the SNP’s change to a more pro-NATO policy.

This follows the defections of councillors from the Lib Dems to Mebyon Kernow in Cornwall, from the Conservatives to UKIP on the east coast, an MEP from UKIP to the We Demand a Referendum Party and the departure of one of the BNP’s MEPs, all within the last fortnight.

Evidence from the last century shows that defections for career advantage are generally successful – defection is usually a career-enhancing move - but defections in protest over policy usually achieve little.

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