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Mr Tony Benn

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

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Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport (Consultation) (27 Apr 2017)

Andy Wightman: ...public and displayed arrogance and a contempt for public opinion. In my short contribution, I want to say something about why that is happening. Behind many such issues lie questions of governance. Tony Benn famously asked five questions of those in power to ascertain whether we live in a real democracy. He asked, “What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Business of the House (2 Mar 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: ...that he set during his time as shadow Foreign Secretary. When I expressed my admiration of his office, which was rather more palatial than mine, he took very great delight in telling me that he had been given it over Tony Benn, who made expressly competing demands, on the basis that he had a longer period of continuous service, and that clearly still mattered a great deal to him. I believe...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector Co-investment (23 Feb 2017)

Richard Leonard: I, too, welcome Lewis Macdonald’s initiative in securing this important debate. Tony Benn wrote in his influential volume, “Arguments for Socialism”, published in 1979, that when he became Minister for Energy in 1975, the job of the Labour Government “was to make sure that the resources of the North Sea were exploited for the benefit of the nation as a whole and not...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Anderson of Swansea: ...;The people must be consulted, they have spoken, and their view should now be respected”. Technically, this must be right; although the referendum was only advisory, we have to acknowledge political reality and not, like Mr Tony Benn in 1975, who having worked hard for a referendum, continued to campaign against what was the Common Market, even after a 2:1 vote in favour, not the...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Bill Cash: ...on account of the efforts made by all my hon. Friends on this side of the House and by those I will describe as my hon. Friends on the other side. They have all fought the same battle in the same way. They include Peter Shore, Tony Benn, my hon. Friends the Members for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey) and for Luton North (Kelvin Hopkins)—

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

Tristram Hunt: whether we will see a Britannia unchained that will forge a new Elizabethan era of free trade, cultural exchange and innovation. Or is it the case, as my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) has suggested, that we live in a world that is so interconnected in economy, security and political power that we have, in leaving the European Union, exposed ourselves to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Arm's-length Bodies (22 Nov 2016)

Alastair Ross: ..." of the past that it is unable to be agile and adaptive to the environment, which does not serve anybody particularly well. There is a list of things you never expect to hear, and Mr Stalford quoting Tony Benn is one of them, but that is how he began his contribution. He talked about the role of Government and the importance of Ministers taking decisions and being held to account by the...

Article 50 (7 Nov 2016)

David Davis: The primary aim of that Bill—its original author was actually Tony Benn—was to bring the right to declare war outside article 5 provisions under the control of the House. I politely say that that has happened.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (1st Day) (11 Oct 2016)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: ..., calls, texts, browsing history for years. The private lives of my colleagues known for their assiduous campaign work were also opened up, including Jeremy Corbyn, Harriet Harman and the late Bernie Grant and Tony Benn. Also targeted was Baroness Doreen Lawrence, who posed no threat to anyone in her pursuit of justice for her murdered teenage son, except to the reputation of the...

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: 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: 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: 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...

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