Tony Benn after winning re-election in Bristol South East in 1961. Photo: Getty
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The Returning Officer: Benns

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.

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We're hiring! Join the New Statesman as an editorial assistant

The NS is looking for a new recruit.

The New Statesman is hiring an editorial assistant, who will work across the website and magazine to help the office run smoothly. The ideal candidate will have excellent language skills, a passion for journalism, and the ability to work quickly and confidently under pressure.

The job is a broad one – you will need to understand the requirements of both halves of the magazine (politics and culture) as well as having an interest in the technical requirements of magazine and website production. Experience with podcasts and social media would be helpful.

The right person will have omnivorous reading habits and the ability to assimilate new topics at speed. You will be expected to help out with administration tasks around the office, so you must be willing to take direction and get involved with unglamorous tasks. There will be opportunities to write, but this will not form the main part of the job. (Our current editorial assistant is now moving on to a writing post.)

This is a full-time paid job, which would suit a recent graduate or someone who is looking for an entry into journalism. On the job training and help with career development will be offered.

Please apply with an email to Stephen Bush (Stephen. Bush @ with the subject line ‘Editorial Assistant application’.  

In your covering letter, please include a 300-word analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the New Statesman. Please also include 500 words on what you consider to be the most interesting trend in British politics, and your CV as a Word document. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12th October.