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William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate

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William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate (1877 - 1960) was a British Liberal MP who later joined the Labour Party and served as Secretary of State for India in Ramsay MacDonald's second administration. In 1940 he was created Viscount Stansgate and in 1945 he became Secretary of State for Air under Clement Attlee. On his death he was succeeded as Viscount Stansgate by his second son Tony Benn.

He was son of the liberal politician John Williams Benn.

Preceded by:
The Viscount Peel
Secretary of State for India
1929—1931
Followed by:
Sir Samuel Hoare
Preceded by:
Harold Macmillan
Secretary of State for Air
1945—1946
Followed by:
Philip Noel-Baker
Preceded by:
New Creation
Viscount Stansgate Followed by:
Tony Benn

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