Definitions

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  • n. A political supporter of Tony Benn.

Etymologies

Benn +‎ -ite (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I remember her as Margaret Jackson in the 70s and 80s, a self styled "Bennite".

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • The younger brother has been criticised by some within the party for running on a "Bennite" platform, citing his policies on taxation, his questioning of events leading up to the Iraq war and the like for like replacement of the Trident missile defence system.

    Ed Miliband: Loss of less-affluent voters cost Labour the election

  • Or is it the Peter Hain that was almost a "Bennite" in the 80s.

    Breaking ranks

  • After Thatcher left, the Tories still won the next election....and Labour had to transform itself by ridding itself of its "Bennite" elements in order to win the next three elections.

    The Guardian World News

  • Mr Miliband countered accusations that he would drag the party to the 'Bennite' left by pointing to the figures as proof that New Labour was itself now old fashioned.

    The Latest From www.politics.co.uk

  • Miliband, and portray him as a wild-eyed, left-wing extremist, a "Bennite", a throwback to the

    New Statesman

  • It was the Bennite idiom: tentative, nonconfrontational.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • When elected, Hilary famously remarked that he was a Benn, not a Bennite.

    Great dynasties of the world: The Benns

  • Yes a Bennite, though she used the term selectively - she dropped it when it got in the way of her career.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • With all four ex-cabinet blokes basically pro-European social democrats and Diane Abbott not resorting to ferocious denunciation from the left, none of the old Bevanite or Bennite venom was evident.

    Labour leadership hopefuls shouting from the sidelines

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