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Which party has the most MPs’ children in Parliament?

Plus: air safety, and guessing Tony Blair’s wealth

26 July 2014

9:00 AM

26 July 2014

9:00 AM

Commons inheritance

Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony and niece of Hilary, has won the right to stand for Labour in Croydon South. Which party produces the most political dynasties? Current MPs who had a parent in the Commons:

CONSERVATIVE
James Arbuthnot, Richard
Benyon, Dominic Grieve, Ben Gummer, Nick Hurd, Andrew Mitchell, Nicholas
Soames, Mark Pawsey, Laura Sandys, Robin Walker, Bill Wiggin
LABOUR
Hilary Benn, John Cryer,
Lindsay Hoyle, Anas Sawar, Andy Sawford, Alison Seabeck
d.u.p.
Ian Paisley Jnr

Air scares

The loss of a second Malaysian Airways airliner means that the number of worldwide casualties in civilian air disasters — 827 so far this year — has already exceeded that of last year, when 459 died. But it does little to disturb the steady downwards trend. These are the deadliest years for air passengers since 1945:

1972 3,344 deaths
1985 2,962
1973 2,815
1999 2,798
1974 2,621

And these are the least fatal:

2013 459 deaths
2004 767
2012 800
2011 828
2008 952


Source: Air Crashes Record Office

Running costs

Costs of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games compared with those of the London Olympics:

2012 OLYMPICS

2005 £2.4bn (est)
2007 £9.3bn (est)
2012 £8.9bn*

2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

2006 £373m (est)
2009 £393m (est)
2014 £563m (est)

*Or by some estimates, up to £24bn including transport upgrades, security costs etc.

Conflicting accounts

Tony Blair said he was worth less than £20 million. How have others rated his wealth?
$185m (£106m): mediamass.com
£70m: Daily Star (based on rumours that he was to appear on this year’s Sunday Times Rich List. He didn’t)
$60m (£34m): celebritynetworth.com
$30m (£17m): therichest.com

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      • Shenandoah

        Because you’re NOT flavour of the month back home where the savvy girls live? I can believe it. Heh heh heh.

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          That you Jock? Or just another envy-obsessed loser that disagrees for the sake of being disagreeable, and objects for the sake of being objectionable. What do you mean “back home”?
          Jack, Japan Alps

          • George Smiley

            The time when you can leave your Japanese loony bin (mental hospital) and go back to the family home of your Japanese parents!

      • George Smiley

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  • john p reid

    Told Wil straw my joke the other day,that Kier Hardies great grandson is looking for a safe seat ,and he alughed
    at least Emily Benn is fighting an unwinnable

    • Aerfen

      The Labour dynasties are multiplying with Euwan Blair, Will Straw and Joe Dromey heading that way.

      Emily Benn has currently only been awarded an ‘unwinnable’ seat but what a ‘work experience’ to add to a mere twenty four year olds CV, on top of those her family connections have already gifted her.

      • Fraser Bailey

        You forgot to mention Stephen Kinnock.

        Christ, what a disgusting and dispiriting spectacle it all is.

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