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Tony Benn

Tony Benn 1Tony Benn (1925 – 2014) was a charismatic and principled politician who passionately championed the causes of socialism within the British Labour party. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for 47 years between 1950 and 2001 and a Cabinet minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. Benn’s campaign to renounce his hereditary peerage was instrumental in the creation of the 1963 Peerage Act.

Benn was described as “one of the few UK politicians to have become more left-wing after holding ministerial office.” He was chairman of Stop the War coalition and was a high profile critique of the Iraq War.