‘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, 21 October 2012

More embarrassing whip resignations

The Tories may be upset about the fuss over Andrew Mitchell’s departure as chief whip, but they may take some small comfort in being reminded that the Liberals have had even worse luck with some of their chief whips.

In 1915 Liberal chief whip, Percy Illingworth, died after eating a bad oyster. In 1926 the party’s chief whip Robert Hutchison resigned after voting against his own whip and in March 1946, only eight months after being appointed, Tom Horabin resigned the post of Liberal chief whip and seven months later defected from the party altogether.

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