Thursday, October 04, 2007

Benn to bite back?

Benn down with the kids at the Glastonbury Festival in 07

Politics always has the capacity to surprise. Today I was amazed to read that the left-wing firebrand Tony Benn, a sprightly 82 years of age, want to become an MP again. Further, he wants to stand in what was the mega-safe seat of Kensington. The Boundary Commissioners have done the Tories no favours as the seat retains poor areas of Notting Hill in the north but loses some of the super rich Chelsea.

The incumbent former-foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind had a notional majority of just over 5000 in 2005 based on the new boundaries so it is not even impossible Benn could win if he was selected! It certainly would be quite a fight!


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