Definition of Tony Benn from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Tony Benn

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Anthony Wedgwood Benn (1925-2014) a British Labour politician, famous for his left-wing views, who had important positions in two Labour governments. He was a Member of Parliament from 1950 to 2001. He was the son of a viscount and when his father died the title legally passed to him, so he was unable to continue in the House of Commons. He refused to accept the title and started a campaign to introduce a law allowing people with such titles to give them up if they wished. The law was passed in 1963, and Benn returned to the House of Commons. He retired from Parliament as the longest serving Labour MP ever and continued to be active in politics especially in the anti-war movement. He published diaries of his years in office and also had a new career as an entertainer, performing round Britain in one-man shows such as An Audience with Tony Benn. His son Hilary Benn is a government minister.