|Cllr The Honourable
Emily Benn, in Mumbai in 2009
|Councillor for Croydon London Borough Council
West Thornton Ward
23 May 2014 – 10 March 2016
Serving with Bernadette Khan and Stuart King
|Born||Emily Sophia Wedgwood Benn
4 October 1989
Croydon, London, England
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford.|
|Occupation||Sales team at investment bank|
Emily Sophia Wedgwood Benn (born 4 October 1989) is an English Labour politician. She is the eldest child and only daughter of Stephen Benn, 3rd Viscount Stansgate and Nita Clarke (née Bowes), and the granddaughter of the late Labour MP Tony Benn. She was an unsuccessful Parliamentary candidate in both the 2010 and 2015 UK general elections. At the 2014 local elections, Benn was elected to the West Thornton ward of Croydon Borough Council. She works on the "multi-asset sales team" at investment bank UBS.
Early and family life
Benn was born in 1989 in Croydon, England, at the time that the Labour Party Conference of that year was being held. Benn is a quarter-Indian on her mother's side, and lives in New York City. 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 (MP) – uncle Hilary Benn, grandfather Tony Benn, great-grandfather William Wedgwood Benn and great-great-grandfathers, John Williams Benn and Daniel Holmes.
Benn attended Wallington High School for Girls where she achieved 11 A* grades in her GCSEs. She then studied music, history and Latin for A level at St Olave's Grammar School, and later studied History and Politics at New College, Oxford.
Candidacy for Parliament
The sitting MP, Conservative Tim Loughton, was defending a majority over Labour of 8,183 from the 2005 general election. In the election, Benn came third, 4,276 votes behind the second-placed Liberal Democrats, while Loughton increased his majority to 11,105.
On 16 July 2014, Benn was selected as the Labour candidate for Croydon South for the 2015 General Election. She increased the Labour vote share by 4.8%, but was defeated by Conservative candidate Chris Philp.
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.
Andrew Fisher complaint
In the Autumn of 2015, Benn formally complained about Andrew Fisher, Jeremy Corbyn's head of policy, for supporting the Class War party at the general election earlier that year; Fisher was suspended. The Guardian also stated that 'Fisher Supporters' had pointed out that a page titled 'Emily Benn for Croydon South' on Facebook published a re-tweet suggesting Labour members who were 'disappointed' with Corbyn's 'male dominated' leadership join the Women's Equality Party.
2015 general election
|Liberal Democrat||Gill Hickson||3,448||6.0||-16.9|
|Putting Croydon First!||Mark Samuel||221||0.4||N/A|
|Class War||Jon Bigger||65||0.1||N/A|
2010 general election
|Liberal Democrat||James Doyle||12,353||25.5||+1.2|
|English Democrat||Clive Maltby||389||0.8||N/A|
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