The Diaries of Tony Benn toby jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, circa 2005 in a limited edition of 350. Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn (1925-2014) was a British politician, writer and diarist who served as a cabinet minister in the 1960s and 1970s. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament for 47 of the 51 years between 1950 and 2001. He later served as President of the Stop the War Coalition from 2001 to 2014. The terms Bennism and Bennite came into usage to describe the left-wing politics he espoused from the late 1970s. The Benn Diaries, embracing the years 1940-1990, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of political life. This toby jug depicts seated in a comfortable chair working on the latest entry in his diary, a stack of earlier completed diaries sitting on the floor at his right. It was modeled by Ray Noble.