The disclosure of Hilary Benn's ownership of a substantial stake in United Business Media is the second instance this year in which the International Development Secretary has been embarrassed by financial interests outside his political life. Three months ago Mr Benn was pressed into resigning as the director of a think-tank, Union 21, that had been given £20,000 of public money.
You can read the details of Hilary Benn's £230,000 shareholding in a company that has Government contracts in the Telegraph. It's this next bit that struck me.
The minister inherited the bulk of the holding from his grandmother. Sources close to Mr Benn say his stake was boosted by a gift from his father, the Left-wing former Labour MP and Cabinet minister, Tony Benn. Mr Benn senior was unavailable for comment last night.
That must surely be a record. Never in recorded history has Anthony Wedgewood Benn failed to give his opinion on any topic - at length - when asked.
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