‘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, 7 May 2015

A Benn in every election since 1892, except two

The 1945 and 1950 general elections have been the only elections since 1892 (over thirty elections) when a member of the Benn family did not stand. Even then the family was represented in the Lords by William Wedgwood Benn after his enoblement as the first Viscount Stansgate and Tony Benn’s first victory was in a by-election only nine months after the 1950 general election. 

Sir John Benn stood in all elections from 1892 to December 1910. His second son, William Wedgwood Benn stood in all those from 1906 to 1935. His second son, Tony Benn stood in all from 1951 to 1997 and his second son, Hilary Benn has contested all the elections since then, with his niece, Emily Benn also standing in 2010 and 2015.

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