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· Born Anthony Wedgewood Benn in 1925, the 2nd
· He was educated at Westminster School and
Oxford University studying Philosophy, politics
· Was elected President of the Oxford Union in
· Became a BBC producer then MP aged 25
Ramsay · His father William was a liberal but moved to
MacDonald the Labour Party
· From 1945 to 1946, His father was the Secretary
of State for Air in the first majority Labour
· Both his grandfathers, John Benn and Daniel
Holmes, were also Liberal MPs (for Tower
Hamlets, Devonport and Glasgow Govan).
· He met Ramsay MacDonald when he was five
David Lloyd George when he was 12
Mahatma Ghandi and Mahatma Ghandi in 1931, while his father
was Secretary of State for India.
· Joined the RAF in July 1943 and served as a
pilot in South Africa and Rhodesia.…read more
· He believed in freedom of information and
opposed violent intervention and Nuclear
· Left wing Radical who "loathed" the EEC and
claimed it was "bureaucratic and
centralised" and "dominated by Germany".
· "Defence, colour television, Concorde,
rocket development these are all issues
raising economic considerations that reveal
this country's basic inability to stay in the
big league. We just can't afford it." Tony
Benn January 1965
· He publicly supported Sinn Fein
· Benn's philosophy consisted of a form
of syndicalism, economic planning, greater
democracy in the structures of the Labour
Party and observance of Party conference
decisions by the Party leadership.
· Since leaving Parliament, Benn has become
involved in the grass-roots politics of
demonstrations and meetings.
· Has been the President of the Stop the War
Coalition for the last decade.…read more
Policies and Actions...
· The Peerage Act 1963, allowing
renunciation of peerages, became law shortly
after 6 pm on 31 July 1963. Benn was the first
peer to renounce his title, at 6.22 pm that day.
· Benn was Postmaster General, where he
oversaw the opening of the Post Office
Tower, then the UK's tallest building, and the
creations of the Post Bus service
· Benn also led the government's campaign to
close down the many off-shore pirate
radio stations of the time, a campaign that
formed the centrepiece of the 2009 film The
Boat That Rocked, and he was responsible for
introducing the Marine Broadcasting
Offences Bill which became law in 1967.
· In June 1992 he proposed
the Commonwealth of Britain Bill,
abolishing the Monarchy in favour of the
United Kingdom becoming a "democratic,
federal and secular commonwealth", a republic
with a written constitution. Which failed to be
implemented into Law.…read more