Tony Benn (1925-2014)

Tony Benn served as Postmaster General under Harold Wilson from 1964 to 1966.

During his time in the role, he over saw the building of the Post Office Tower (now known as the BT Tower), the introduction of the Post Bus service, Girobank, and postcodes. He was also responsible for changing the way the world views stamps forever, with the introduction of the Special Stamps programme.

Benn wanted to modernise stamp design and worked closely with designer, David Gentleman, to create special stamps which celebrated events and commemorate anniversaries relevant to UK heritage and life. The programme remains hugely popular today and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Possibly his most famous and controversial innovation, however, was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to remove the Queen’s head from stamps.