Could there be a fifth generation Benn in the Commons?

David Hughes
Monday 21 July 2014 11:20

TL:DR version: not yet - probably.

Tony Benn's granddaughter has been selected as a Labour candidate for the next general election.

But Emily Benn will have to overturn a Conservative majority of 15,818 if she is to become the fifth generation of her illustrious political family to sit in the Commons.

The 24-year-old, a councillor in Croydon, will contest Croydon South for Labour next May, having lost out in the battle for East Worthing and Shoreham in 2010.

Labour stalwart Tony Benn died in March aged 88. His son, and Ms Benn's uncle, Hilary is a former Cabinet minister who is still in the Commons.