‘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

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Deaths of two absentee Middlesbrough MPs

Sir Stuart Bell, novelist and Labour MP for Middlesbrough, died this week. His lack of attention to his constituency (he was famed for not holding a surgery since 1997) was not unique among Middlesbrough’s MPs. Harcourt ‘Crinks’ Johnstone was Liberal MP for Middlesbrough, elected unopposed in 1940 and holding the seat until his death in 1945. Bumping in to a fellow MP at King’s Cross station one evening, Crinks allegedly grumbled ‘I am off to my constituency and what makes it worse is that I may have to go again next year’.

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