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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 April 1925Westminster, London, England, UK
Date of Death 14 March 2014Holland Park, London, England, UK
Birth NameAnthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Benn is the son, grandson and father of MPs, he retired from the House of Commons in May 2001, after fifty years in Parliament making him the longest serving Labour MP in the history of the party. His service in the House of Commons was not continuous: he lost his Bristol seat in 1983 and was re-elected for Chesterfield in 1984. More famously, he was also excluded in the 1960s when his father died, and he became Viscount Stansgate. He was able to stand in the subsequent by-election but as a member of the House of Lords could not take his seat, and a court declared his opponent the winner. After three years campaigning for the right to renounce his peerage, Benn saw the Peerage Act passed in 1963. He renounced his title within 20 minutes of the act being passed, and the sitting member resigned and Benn returned to the House of Commons in the subsequent by-election. He was a Cabinet minister in the Labour governments of 1964 - 69, and 1974. An elected member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour party from 1959 - 1994, he was Chairman of the Party in 1971/2. His published Diaries in seven volumes cover the period from 1942-1990, and the next volume "Free at Last" from 1990 - 2002 was published on October 3rd 2002. He has also written seven other books, including "Arguments for Socialism", many pamphlets, and several Videos and Audio tapes have also been published. The holder of seven honorary Doctorates from British and American universities, he has recently been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and is a regular broadcaster. In 1949, he married author and educationalist Caroline Benn, who died in 2000, and they have four children, including the minister Hilary Benn, and ten grandchildren.

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Spouse (1)

Caroline Benn (17 June 1949 - 22 November 2000) (her death) (4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

An ever-present pipe

Trivia (3)

He was the first British Member of Parliament to table a motion condemning Apartheid in South Africa.
Educated at Westminster School and later New College, Oxford, where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Good friend of Saffron Burrows.

Personal Quotes (11)

aking in 2004] "This could be the final corruption: in the end you're seen as a kindly, harmless old gentleman. Well I am kindly, I am old, I could be a gentleman but I'm certainly not harmless."
I am teetotal and vegetarian, so I do live on tea. I don't like Earl Grey tea, but it may be a class prejudice against earls.
A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world.
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
I'm not a member of New Labour, I'm a member of the Labour Party.
You can't wish away centuries of tradition and thought and aspirations with a few spin doctors and a few tame journalists.
New Labour is the smallest political party that's ever existed in Britain.
When I first met Nelson Mandela he was a terrorist, when I next saw him, he was a Nobel Prize winner and the President of South Africa.
We've tried to make capitalism work with good and humane Labour governments and we haven't succeeded because it can't work, because it rests on injustice.
It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you.
I have known Peter Tatchell since 1981 and have the greatest respect for him as a man of principle, consistent in his convictions, non-violent in his methods and wholly committed to the rights of homosexuals to equal treatment before the law as a matter of human rights. This view is not universally shared but it is, at last, becoming accepted by the House of Commons in the drafting of legislation. It is not necessary for anyone to agree with Mr. Tatchell's opinions on this matter, or even to approve of his methods of campaigning, for his own complete integrity to be recognised.

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