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Former Labour MP, Chesterfield , 30 Nov 1950 – 14 May 2001


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EU Exit: Devolved Governments — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (21 Jul 2016)

Ian Murray: ...if we all want the same journey and outcome, those should be the conclusions that we seek. The former leader of the Labour party, my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband), said last week in his Tony Benn memorial lecture: “This can be a progressive moment. In any case, there is no point in the left sinking into gloom. The only answer is to rise to the...

Citizens Convention on Democracy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)

Ian Lavery: ...to put something in our begging bowl, it is vital that we see radical devolution of real power down to communities, which know best how to use it. The real question is the question of power. To paraphrase my late friend Tony Benn, who has power and how are they using it? A power imbalance in the country has led to rising inequality over three decades or more. It has led to communities...

Terrorist Attack: Nice: UK's Nuclear Deterrent (18 Jul 2016)

Robert Jenrick: Margaret Thatcher and, I believe, Tony Benn used to say that there are no final victories in politics. Despite the storms of past controversies and the hard work required to win important arguments, some arguments need to be won again and again, by each generation in turn, and so we are here again today. Some politicians talk as though a world without nuclear weapons were a possibility that...

Points of Order: [2nd Day] (14 Jul 2016)

George Kerevan: ...of some Members—particularly on the Labour side—to justify what was clearly the biggest diplomatic blunder of the last 30 years. I was particularly surprised by the right hon. Members for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), and for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden), both of whom tried to draw some comfort from the fact that the Chilcot report has not found the former Prime...

EU Nationals in the Uk: NHS Spending (6 Jul 2016)

Diane Abbott: ...believe strongly in democracy, so I believe that we have to respect the referendum vote. In many cases, it was a cry of pain and rage against Westminster elites, and that is something on which we all have to reflect. The late Member for Chesterfield, the right hon. Tony Benn, who was an opponent of the EU to his dying day, said: “My view of the EU has always been not that I am...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (Implications for Scotland) (28 Jun 2016)

Elaine Smith: ...health service. The EU is not Europe; it is a political construct that undermines elected national Governments and eliminates democracy, and it is primarily a trade agreement. On how the EU was developing, Tony Benn said: “it was very obvious what they had in mind was not democratic.” He also said: “I am in favour of democracy”, and so am I. We should all respect...

European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016 — Motion to Approve (2 Mar 2016)

Lord Mawson: ...counts? Have we invested in the relationship-building at a practical level to enable this machinery to work? Secondly, while party politics is not my bag and I am not a great believer in the proposals of the late Tony Benn and what he had to say, I liked the man, and on the issue of democracy and being able to get rid of our rulers when they mess up he had an important point. If we sign up...

EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill (26 Feb 2016)

Edward Leigh: ...to be primarily a trading mechanism. The British people were never really made to understand and appreciate that under articles 2 and 3, it was much more than that. This was effectively the end of the sovereignty of this House. It was completely different from any other treaty that we had ever signed. Those arguments were made by Tony Benn, Michael Foot and Enoch Powell at the time. To its...

European Affairs (25 Feb 2016)

Alex Salmond: .... This is another first for me as having agreed with the right hon. Member for Mid Sussex (Sir Nicholas Soames) for the first time in 30 years, more or less, I now find myself agreeing with the former Prime Minister Tony Blair for just about the first time—certainly for the first time in the past 10 to 15 years. He made the following comment in a French radio interview—we hope...

Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations (4 Feb 2016)

Kate Hoey: ...we are talking about Parliament, and about great parliamentarians —is quote some of the things that were said in the House by one of the greatest parliamentarians, sadly now dead, the right hon. Tony Benn. They follow on from what was said by the hon. Member for Stone (Sir William Cash)—and I agreed with every word of it. This is not about technicalities and...

NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill: Clause 1 — Removal of Secretary of State’s powers to appoint trustees (22 Jan 2016)

Kit Malthouse: ...institutions and therefore undermines respect for them. When people talk about the politicians they respect, they always talk about—even though they did not agree with him—the great Labour Member, Tony Benn. Tony Benn always used to say, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” I do not think Tony Benn ever consulted about anything in his entire life. He had his...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Kelvin Hopkins: ...time I was the national chair of the trade union CND. I marched from Aldermaston many, many years ago in a column of tens of thousands of people led by Frank Cousins, Barbara Castle, Anthony Greenwood, Tony Benn and many others in our movement who were unilateral nuclear disarmers. As has been said, nuclear weapons are an insane abomination. They are capable of vaporising vast numbers of...

European Union Referendum Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (13 Oct 2015)

Lord Anderson of Swansea: .... We have a divided government party wheeling in a device like a deus ex machina for party, not national, interest. I recall in 1975 the bald assertion that the referendum would result in the closure of debate on our EU membership. Tony Benn soon recommenced his campaign against the EU, which led to the disastrous 1983 Labour manifesto. Another precedent is of course the current debate in...

European Union Referendum Bill — Second Reading (13 Oct 2015)

Lord Radice: ..., mentioned by a number of noble Lords. I want to draw three lessons from that earlier referendum, which may possibly be of relevance to us today. The 1975 referendum was the brainchild of Tony Benn, as the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, said. When the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, first heard that Tony Benn was talking about a referendum, he called him in and said, “I understand you...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Hannah Bardell: ...the respectful and constructive approach taken in Scotland and in other parts of the UK and the draconian, intrusive, discriminatory, impractical and unnecessary measures the Tory Government have laid before us today. Tony Benn once said: “I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralise them.” This Bill does both...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Mhairi Black: ...very people it is supposed to represent and the very things it is supposed to fight for. After hearing of Labour leaders’ intentions to support the changes to tax credits that the Chancellor has put forward, I must make this plea through the words of one of their own, and a personal hero of mine. Tony Benn once said that in politics there are weathercocks and signposts. Weathercocks...

Education and Adoption Bill (22 Jun 2015)

Clive Lewis: ...fast-tracks academisation, removing any form of consultation and robbing communities even of the enfeebled fig-leaf consultations that the Academies Act 2010 offered. A great Member of this House, the late Tony Benn, suggested five questions to ask those in power. I would ask them of the Inspiration Trust and many other academies. What power have they got? The answer: too much. Where did...

European Union Referendum Bill: Clause 1 — The referendum (16 Jun 2015)

Kenneth Clarke: ...convictions. I took part in the referendum 40 years ago. No serious Member of Parliament on either side of the argument changed their beliefs one jot the day after the result of the poll was announced. Tony Benn, who was personally responsible for floating this innovation in British politics, was one of the first to start demanding that we left the European Community within a few weeks of...

European Union Referendum Bill (9 Jun 2015)

Kelvin Hopkins: ...Eurosceptic view; people on the right of the party did so as well. Labour Eurosceptics have included many distinguished former Members of this House, including Hugh Gaitskell, Michael Foot, Barbara Castle, Peter Shore and Tony Benn. Indeed, I last met Denis Healey in the late 1990s at a meeting that had been called to oppose Britain’s membership of the euro. I hope, therefore, that...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (9 Jun 2015)

David Stewart: ...was not a cosy one to run for Harold Wilson, who was the Prime Minister at the time. He had agreed that his Cabinet members were free from ministerial collective responsibility, and left-wing firebrand Tony Benn was a leading light in the no campaign. Perhaps the Wilson diaries should be required reading for the current Prime Minister. John Major’s election victory surprised many...


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