Red Aristocracy

12 10 2010

Category: Politics

A striking feature of the new front bench of the Labour Party is how dynastic the party has become.

Never mind the emergence of the professional political class, which aims for and knows only the political world, there’s an added layer of relationships; Labour has turned into a political aristocracy.

Here are examples that I know of –

they are the obvious ones most people know about and others from biographies on Wikipedia, including other interesting connections, there may be more:

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition

Brother of Former Foreign Secretary, Labour MP and leadership contender David Miliband MP. Son of Ralph and Marion Miliband, at the heart of the Left establishment.

Harriet Harman, Shadow Secretary for International Development & Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

Wife of Labour Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government.

Yvette Cooper, Shadow Foreign Secretary & Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Wife of Ed Balls MP, Shadow Home Secretary.

Ed Balls, Shadow Home Secretary

Husband of Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.

Hilary Benn, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Son of Labour stalwart Tony Benn MP. His Grandfather and two Great-grandfathers were also MPs.

Maria Eagle, Shadow Transport Secretary

Sister of Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Angela Eagle, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Sister of Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Transport Secretary.

Douglas Alexander, Shadow International Development Secretary

Brother of Wendy Alexander, formerly Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

Jack Dromey, Shadow Communities and Local Government Minister

Formerly Deputy General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union and the Treasurer of the Labour Party.

Married to Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.

Caroline Flint, Shadow Secretary for Communities and Local Government

Wife of Phil Cole, Formerly Labour Party Regional Officer.

Shaun Woodward, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary

His wife Camilla is the daughter of former Conservative MP Sir Tim Sainsbury.

David Hanson, Shadow Treasury Minister

His wife Margaret was a Labour politician and by-election candidate.

Chris Leslie, Shadow Treasury Minister

His wife Nicola was a Special Advisor to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Shadow Environment Minister

His uncle, Ifor Davies, was MP for Gower.

Luciana Berger, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change

Girlfriend of Siôn Simon, Labour MP 2001 –  2010 and prospective Mayor of Birmingham.

Alison Seabeck, Shadow Housing Minister

Partner of Nick Raynsford MP, for whom she worked as researcher before entering Parliament. Her father was former Labour MP for Peterborough, Michael Ward.

Fiona Mactaggart, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Daughter of Conservative parliamentary candidate Sir Ian Mactaggart, grandaughter of Sir Herbert Williams, Conservative MP, and great-grandaughter of Sir John Mactaggart, the first treasurer of the first branch of Keir Hardie’s Labour Party.

Rosie Winterton, Chief Whip

Related to Conservative MPs Ann and Nicholas Winterton.

Angela Smith, Assistant Whip

Married to Steve Wilson, a former Sheffield City Councillor, whom she now employs as a parliamentary aide.



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