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Tony Benn is the longest serving MP in the history of the Labour Party. He left Parliament in 2001, after more than half a century in the House of Commons, to devote more time to politics. This volume of his Diaries describes and comments, in a refreshing and honest way, upon the events of a momentous decade including two world wars, a change of government in Britain and the emergence of New Labour, of which he makes clear he is not a member. Tony Benn's account is a well documented, formidable and principled critique of the New Labour Project, full of drama, opinion, humour, anecdotes and sparkling pen-portraits of politicians on both sides of the political divide. But his narrative is also broader and more revealing about day-to-day political life, covering many aspects normally disregarded by historians and lobby correspondents, relating to his work in the constituency, including his advice surgeries. This volume also offers far more of an insight into Tony Benn's personal life, his thoughts about the future and his relationship with his family, especially his remarkable wife Caroline, whose illness and death overshadow these years. Tony Benn is a unique figure on the British political landscape: a true democrat, a passionate socialist and diarist without equal. With this volume, his published Diaries cover British politics for over sixty years. It is edited, as are all others, by Ruth Winstone.

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  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 46mm | 521.64g
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16
  • 009941502X
  • 9780099415022
  • 449,229

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"The new volume is, to my mind, the best - he discards his Sunday best and allows himself to emerge as a human being full of weakness and anxieties balanced by an enviable capacity for love and joy" -- Craig Brown Mail on Sunday "There is a passion in Benn's writing and speaking that far transcends the miserable aspirations of most contemporary politicians" -- Paul Foot Guardian "It is the personal side of the story that most compels...This is the unselfconscious reminiscence of a man in full" Daily Telegraph "This is a powerful record of the times" -- Simon Heffer "Easily the best of the year's diaries... It proves to be an astonishingly moving and human document" Anthony Howard, Sunday Times

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About Tony Benn

Tony Benn is the longest serving MP in the history of the Labour Party. He entered the Commons in 1950 and with Ted Heath held the record post-war timespan as an MP. He has held four cabinet posts and has twice contended the leadership of the Labour Party, of which he has also been Chairman. He has written over fifteen books. Ruth Winstone has edited all volumes of Tony Benn's Diaries and several biographies of political figures. She is associate editor of the Times Guide to the House of Commons; and currently works as a Library Clerk in the Commons.

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