Tony Benn(1925-2014), Politician; Chairman of the Labour Party
Anthony Wedgwood ('Tony') Benn
Sitter in 26 portraits
Politician. On the left of the Labour Party, Benn represented Bristol South-East for Labour from 1950-1983. His campaign for the right to disclaim the title Viscount Stansgate, inherited in 1960, which disbarred him from the House of Commons, led to the Peerage Act (1963). He held various posts in government including Minister of Technology (1966-70) and Secretary of State for Energy (1975-9). Benn retired from Parliament in 2001 but remained a prominent political campaigner, and was president of the Stop the War Coalition.
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Tony Benn; Barbara Anne Castle, Baroness Castle; Eirene Lloyd White, Baroness White of Rhymney; Harold Wilson; Anne Kerr: Jennie Lee; James Callaghan; George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown; Bessie Braddock
by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, October 1968
by Gil Galvin
digital chromogenic print, 1984
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