Stephen benn 3rd viscount stansgate
An Audience with Tony Benn by Tony BennAnthony Neil Wedgwood Tony Benn, PC (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014), formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, was a British Labour Party politician. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1951 until 2001, and was a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. After his retirement from the House of Commons, he continued his activism and served as president of the Stop the War Coalition.
Three Asquiths - and maybe a Benn?
The Benn family's love-hate relationship with the House of Lords looks like it's set for a curious new chapter. When Tony Benn died this year, his eldest son Stephen automatically inherited his peerage and became the 3rd Viscount Stansgate. It's more than 50 years ago since Tony famously renounced his own seat in the Lords in order to remain an MP. A quick history recap: Tony's own father, Wiliam Wedgwood Benn was given an hereditary peerage in On his death in his son inhertied the title and was effectively barred from the Commons. Tony fought two by-elections in Brisol South West - before and after the law was changed - and he returned as an MP in Stephen, a lobbyist for the Society of Biology, has now formally petitioned the House of Lords to join a register of hereditary peers that is maintained for future possible by-elections.
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A boyish enthusiast recognisable by his pipe, tape recorder and outsized mug of tea, he aroused greater emotions than any contemporary bar Enoch Powell and Margaret Thatcher. Benn came from Nonconformist Liberal stock. His great-uncle, the Rev Julius Benn, was murdered with a chamber pot by his son, who on release from Broadmoor fathered the actress Margaret Rutherford. Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn was born on April 3 , the second son of three. Tony Benn: 'Powerful, fearless, relentless advocate for social justice'.