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4 October 1989 |
Emily Sophia Wedgwood Benn (born 4 October 1989) is the eldest child and only daughter of Stephen Benn and Nita Clarke (née Bowes). Four generations of her family have served as British Members of Parliament (MP) – uncle Hilary Benn, grandfather Tony Benn, great-grandfather William Wedgwood Benn and great-great-grandfathers, John Williams Benn and Daniel Holmes. Benn was an unsuccessful Parliamentary candidate in the 2010 United Kingdom general election.
Benn attended Wallington High School for Girls from 2001 to 2006, where she achieved 11 A* grades in her GCSEs. She studied music, history and Latin for A level at St Olave's Grammar School, and later studied history and politics at New College, Oxford.
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.
Candidacy for Parliament
On 12 September 2007, three weeks before her 18th birthday, Benn was selected by the local Labour Party to contest East Worthing and Shoreham in the 2010 general election. Benn was the youngest Labour Parliamentary Candidate at the 2010 General Election.
The sitting MP, Conservative Tim Loughton, was defending a majority vote of 8,183 from the 2005 general election in what is considered a safe Tory seat. In the 2010 election, Emily Benn came third, 4,276 votes behind the second-placed Liberal Democrats, while Loughton increased his majority to 11,105.
In July 2013, Benn was selected as one of three candidates to stand in the West Thornton ward of the London Borough of Croydon in the 2014 local council elections . Close to where Benn lives, West Thornton is considered to be a safe Labour ward, although Croydon Council had been under Conservative majority control since 2006.
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