Emily Sophia Wedgwood Benn (born 4 October 1989) is an English politician. She was an unsuccessful Parliamentary candidate in both the
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UK general elections. At the 2014 local elections
, Benn was elected to the West Thornton ward of Croydon Borough Council
, serving until 2016.
At the 2022 local elections
, she was elected to the Bread Street ward of the
City of London Corporation
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She is the eldest child and only daughter of The 3rd Viscount Stansgate
and Nita Clarke (née Bowes), and the granddaughter of the late Labour MP
Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014), known between 1960 and 1963 as Viscount Stansgate, was a British politician, writer and diarist who served as a Cabinet minister in the 1960s and 1970s. A member of the Labour Party, ...
Early and family life
Benn was born in 1989 in
Croydon is a large town in South London, south London, England, south of Charing Cross. Part of the London Borough of Croydon, a Districts of England, local government district of Greater London. It is one of the largest commercial districts i ...
, England, at the time that the
Labour Party Conference
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In th ...
of that year was being held.
As the daughter of a
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, she is entitled to be styled as ''
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''. Benn is a quarter- Indian
on her mother's side Benn claims that her first political experience was campaigning for her grandfather in his Chesterfield constituency
in the 1992 general election
at age two, and she joined the Labour Party
at age 14.
Four generations of her family have served as British ] Members of Parliament
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Hilary James Wedgwood Benn (born 26 November 1953) is a British Labour Party (UK), Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds Central (UK Parliament constituency), Leeds ..., grandfather Tony Benn
Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014), known between 1960 and 1963 as Viscount Stansgate, was a British politician, writer and diarist who served as a Cabinet minister in the 1960s and 1970s. A member of the Labour Party, ..., great-grandfather William Wedgwood Benn and great-great-grandfathers, Sir John Benn and Daniel Holmes.
Benn attended Wallington High School for Girls
[ where she achieved 11 A* grades in her ] GCSE
The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic qualification in a particular subject, taken in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. State schools in Scotland use the Scottish Qualifications Certificate instead. Private sc ...s. She then studied Music, History and Latin for A level
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After university, Benn joined the graduate training programme at
UBS Investment Bank
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In 2018 Benn was a graduate research assistant at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at ] Harvard University
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Candidacy for Parliament
On 12 September 2007, three weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Benn was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the West Sussex constituency of East Worthing and Shoreham at the 2010 general election.
The sitting MP, Conservative Tim Loughton
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On 16 July 2014, Benn was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Croydon South for the 2015 general election. She increased the Labour vote share by 4.8%, but was defeated by Conservative candidate .
In July 2013, Benn was selected as one of three Labour candidates for the ward of West Thornton on Croydon Borough Council in the 2014 local council elections. In May 2014, she was elected top of the ballot with a majority of 1,777.
[ She resigned as a councillor in 2016 after accepting a job in .]
Benn served on the board of trustees of the London Youth Games and London Mozart Players.Emily Benn
Benn returned to local politics in 2022, being elected to the ward of Bread Street on the City of London Corporation as an independent in the 2022 election.
Andrew Fisher complaint
In the autumn of 2015, Benn formally complained about
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2022 City of London Corporation election
2015 general election
2010 general election
Alumni of New College, Oxford
Councillors in the London Borough of Croydon
Daughters of viscounts
English people of American descent
English people of Indian descent
English people of Scottish descent
Labour Party (UK) councillors
Labour Party (UK) parliamentary candidates
People educated at Wallington High School for Girls
People from South Norwood
People from Croydon
Women councillors in England