Benn, Melissa

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Benn, Melissa Gender: M
Melissa Anne Benn
born on 20 February 1957 at 13:35 (= 1:35 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 01°40' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 20°25 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 21°58'


British journalist and writer, also noted as the daughter of politician Tony Benn and writer Caroline Benn.

Benn spent several years working at the National Council for Civil Liberties, as an assistant to Patricia Hewitt, later Secretary of State for Health in Tony Blair's government, and then as a researcher at the Open University, under Professor Stuart Hall, working on deaths in custody.

Benn then worked as a journalist for City Limits magazine. Subsequently, she has written for other publications, including The Guardian, The London Review of Books and Marxism Today.

In 1998 Jonathan Cape published Benn's Madonna and Child: towards a modern politics of motherhood which caused some controversy. The Guardian featured Benn as one of a number of Britain's leading feminist writers at the time.

Benn co-edited, with Clyde Chitty, A Tribute to Caroline Benn: Education and Democracy (2004), collecting various papers relevant to the campaign for comprehensive education, an issue on which her mother had been a prominent campaigner. In recent years, Benn has become an advocate for comprehensives and a critic of many aspects of government policy on education. In 2006, with Fiona Millar, she wrote a pamphlet entitled A Comprehensive Future: Quality and Equality for All our Children, which was launched at the House of Commons in January 2006.

Her second novel One of Us, a story of two families set with the backdrop of the Iraq War, was published in 2008.

In 2012, Benn won the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award, presented by the National Union of Teachers for her campaigning and work for the cause of comprehensive education.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • child->parent relationship with Benn, Tony (born 3 April 1925)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes her father's diary entry on 20 Feb. 1957 in Years of Hope: Diaries, Letters and Papers, 1940-1962 by Tony Benn (Hutchinson, 1994), page 229; The Benn Diaries: The Definitive Collection by Tony Benn (Random House, 2017).


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award