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Hilary Benn

Personal data
Date of birth26 November 1953(age 63)
Place of birthHammersmith, London, England
Political partyLabour
SpouseRosalind Caroline Retey (1973-1979)
Sally Christina Clark (1982-present)
RelationsTony Benn (father)
Caroline Benn
(mother, deceased)
ChildrenMichael, James, Jonathan, Caroline 
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Assumed office7 October 2011
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byCaroline Flint
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office8 October 2010 - 7 October 2011
LeaderEd Miliband
Succeeded byAngela Eagle
Preceded byRosie Winterton
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office11 May 2010 - 8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Succeeded byMary Creagh
Preceded byNick Herbert
Secretary of State for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs
In office28 June 2007 - 11 May 2010
Prime ministerGordon Brown
Succeeded byCaroline Spelman
Preceded byDavid Miliband
Secretary of State for International Development
In office6 October 2003 - 28 June 2007
Prime ministerTony Blair
Succeeded byDouglas Alexander
Preceded byThe Baroness Amos
Member of Parliament
for Leeds Central
Assumed office9 May 1999
Majority10,645 (28.5%)
Preceded byDerek Fatchett

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Hilary James Wedgwood Benn (born 26 November 1953) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds Central since 1999. He served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development from 2003 to 2007 and as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2007 to 11 May 2010. Since October 2011, Benn was the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. In June 2007, Benn ran for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party, coming fourth out of six candidates.


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