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Barker’s Benn boob

Confusion has arisen in the wake of the death of Tony Benn. Benn was the first peer ever to renounce his title after the Peerage Act of 1963. DECC minister Greg Barker saw an opportunity to attack his shadow number Hilary Benn, Tony’s son:


Not quite. Primogeniture dictates that Hilary’s brother Stephen becomes 3rd Viscount Stansgate, while Stephen’s son Daniel becomes heir apparent as Hon. Daniel John Wedgwood Benn. Hilary remains a mere blue blooded commoner. So that wasn’t the classiest intervention by the Rt Hon Greg Barker.

Finally, Mr S thinks it fitting that Tony Benn, the great socialist firebrand, shares a death day with Karl Marx. Rest in peace.

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