Show Hide image UK 17 March 2014 The Returning Officer: Benns Print HTML The 2010 candidature of Tony Benn’s granddaughter Emily in East Worthing and Shoreham raised the possibility the possibility of a fifth generation of Benns in parliament. Her great grandfather John Benn was elected as a Liberal in Wapping in 1892 and later for Devonport. His son William Wedgewood Benn won John’s old Wapping seat in 1906 and went on to represent Leith as a Liberal and North Aberdeen and Manchester Gorton for Labour, losing at Dudley in between. Tony’s other grandfather Daniel Holmes was MP for Glasgow Govan during the First World War. But there have been Tory Benns too. William’s brother Ernest moved in the opposite direction to him, leaving the Liberals for the Tories and founding the Society for individual freedom. The unrelated Sir Arthur Shirley Benn sat for Plymouth Drake and Sheffield Park, with the Cork born Sir Ion Hamilton Benn representing Greenwich 1910 -1922. › With Benn's death, it's time to bury the myths of Old Labour Subscribe More Related articles After a year of division, a new centre is emerging in Labour PMQs review: Theresa May shows again that Brexit means hard Brexit How austere will Philip Hammond be?