R.I.P. Tony Benn

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R.I.P. Tony Benn

Veteran Parliamentarian and former cabinet minister Tony Benn has sadly passed away.

Tony was last in Southpot in 2003 at Southport Theatre giving talks about his life, diaries and the future.

Tony Benn, born in London in 1925, the son, grandson and father of MPs, retired from the House of Commons in May 2001, after fifty years in Parliament, to ‘devote more time to politics’, the longest serving Labour MP in the history of the party, which he joined in 1942.

He was a Cabinet minister in the Wilson and Callaghan governments from 1964 – 79, as Minister of Technology, Secretary of State for both Industry and Energy and President of the Council of European Energy ministers in 1977.   An elected member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour party from 1959 – 1994, he was Chairman of the Party in 1971/2.

He is a member of the Transport and General Workers Union and the National Union of Journalists, and an honorary member of the National Union of Mineworkers,

His published Diaries in seven volumes cover the period from 1942-1990, and the next volume ‘ Free at Last’ from 1990 – 2001

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 just been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and is a regular broadcaster.

In 1949 he married Caroline Benn, educationalist and author of the biography of Keir Hardie who died in 2000 and they have four children and ten grandchildren.

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