Hilary Benn

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Hilary Benn

British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Leeds Central since 1999 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1953.

Countries: United Kingdom (68%), Syria (10%), Britain (10%)

Main connections: Harriet Harman, Leeds Central (UK Parliament constituency), House of Commons of the United Kingdom

Linked to: Leeds Central, Secretary of State for International Development, Labour Party, Conservative Party

 

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Hilary Benn was born in 1953 add something

 

"'Hilary James Wedgwood Benn"' is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Leeds Central since 1999 add something


1973

In 1973, whilst at university, he married fellow student Rosalind Retey, who died of cancer at age 26 in 1979; Benn subsequently married Sally Christina Clark in 1982 add something


1979

In 1979 he was elected to the Ealing Borough Council where he was Deputy Leader from 1986 to 1990 add something


1980

In 1980 he was seconded to the Labour Party to act as Joint Secretary to the finance panel of the Labour Party Commission of Inquiry add something


1983

He was the Labour candidate for Ealing North in both the 1983 general election and 1987 general election add something

 

Harry Greenway - He defeated the Labour candidate for Ealing North, Hilary Benn in both the subsequent 1983 and 1987 general elections


1997

When Labour won power in 1997, Benn was appointed Special Adviser to David Blunkett as Secretary of State for Education and Employment add something


1999

In 1999 he was quickly selected as the Labour candidate for the Leeds Central by-election following the death of Derek Fatchett add something

 

Benn won the by-election on 10 June 1999 on a very small turnout, by just over 2,000 votes add something

 

He made his maiden speech on 23 June 1999 add something

 

Leeds Central (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Leeds Central"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1999 by Hilary Benn of the Labour Party


2003

He served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development from 2003 to 2007 and as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2007 to 11 May 2010 add something


2005

Tony Baldry - In January 2005 Baldry wrote to Hilary Benn, Secretary for International Development, on behalf of Milestone Trading, a British company involved in diamond mining in Sierra Leone


2007

The contest was formally launched on 14 May 2007 after the resignation of incumbent Deputy leader John Prescott, Benn had some initial difficulties securing the necessary 45 nominations required to get on the ballot paper but he acquired the support needed to join five other candidates - Hazel Blears, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, Peter Hain and backbencher Jon Cruddas add something

 

In June 2007, Benn ran for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party, coming fourth out of six candidates add something

 

The Labour leadership contest closed on Sunday 24 June 2007 with Harriet Harman winning the contest add something

 

East Worthing and Shoreham (UK Parliament constituency) - The competitive hustings in September 2007 of the local Labour Party selected Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony Benn and niece of Hilary Benn, former ministers of state, aged 17, to contest the 2010 general election, making her the youngest ever Labour parliamentary candidate: had she been elected, she would have been the youngest MP since the Reform Act 1832


2009

Flood Forecasting Centre - The FFC was officially opened on 21 April 2009 in London by Environment Minister Hilary Benn


2010

Benn briefly served as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2010 during Harriet Harman's interim leadership of the Labour Party add something

 

In April 2010, a badger cull was announced in Wales, after the high court in Cardiff rejected a legal challenge from The Badger Trust add something

 

In Ed Miliband's first Shadow Cabinet, announced on 8 October 2010, he was appointed Shadow Leader of the House of Commons add something

 

Wakefield (UK Parliament constituency) - Mary Creagh, since October 2010 has been the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, succeeding Rt Hon Hilary Benn


2011

Since October 2011, Benn was the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government add something

 

When Miliband reshuffled his team on 7 October 2011, he was named Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government add something

 

Wallasey (UK Parliament constituency) - Angela Eagle was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury for two years Minister for Pensions and Ageing Society for a year at the close of the Brown Ministry, before becoming in opposition Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury until October 2011, when in the general Shadow Cabinet reshuffle of Ed Miliband, she succeeded the Rt Hon Hilary Benn as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons


2015

After 2015 UK general election Benn was named Shadow Foreign Secretary add something

 

Benn was shortlisted for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative award in 2015 for his work on increasing aid at DFID, and remains in the directory of the Grassroot Diplomat Who's Who publication add something

 

Following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, Benn retained the role of Shadow Foreign Secretary in Corbyn's shadow cabinet add something

 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks that had occurred a few days earlier, Benn initially agreed with Corbyn's position rejecting the proposal for Britain to launch airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and any intervention add something

 

On 2 December 2015, Benn made the closing speech for the official opposition in the House of Commons debate on airstrikes against ISIL in Syria add something


2016

On 26 June 2016 he was sacked from the Shadow Cabinet by Corbyn add something

 

In September 2016, Benn announced his intention to stand for chairman of the new Exiting the European Union Committee, a House of Commons select committee add something

 

In October 2016, he was elected as the Chair of the new Exiting the European Union Select Committee add something


2019

In this position, he supported the European Union Act 2019 as proposed on a cross-party basis by Labour's Yvette Cooper and Conservative's Oliver Letwin to force the Government to ask for an extension of the Article 50 process add something