Leeds MPs

BENN, Hilary (born 1953) Labour.

He is the second son of Tony Benn. He became a Labour councillor on Ealing Borough Council in 1979 and became its deputy leader from 1986–1999. He unsuccessfully contested Ealing North in 1983 and 1987 but when Derek Fathchett died unexpectedly in 1999 he stood for Leeds Central. His success was to some extent muted by the low turnout of just 19.6%, at the time, the lowest recorded in any Parliamentary election since World War II. He has had a distinguished Parliamentary career being appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Development in May 2003 and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in June 2007. In opposition he became Shadow Foreign Secretary in May 2015. Unlike his father, he is strong supporter of the European Union and the nuclear deterrent. In December 2015 he famously spoke in favour of air strikes on Syria contrary to the party’s official stance and his speech was considered by many to be one of the greatest in Parliamentary history. For further reading see http://www. parliament.uk