Tony Benn dies: tributes flood in for veteran politician

Veteran politician Tony Benn has died at the age of 88.

The former cabinet minister died peacefully in the early hours of this morning surrounded by his family at his west London home.

His children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua have issued a statement.

“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the NHS staff and carers who have looked after him with such kindness in hospital and at home.

“We will miss above all his love which has sustained us throughout our lives. But we are comforted by the memory of his long, full and inspiring life and so proud of his devotion to helping others as he sought to change the world for the better,” the statement said.

Benn was elected to parliament in 1950, serving under Harold Wilson.

A widely respected and influential politician, he was known for his conviction and commitment to the people he represented.

Tributes

Labour leader Ed Miliband led the tributes, describing Benn as an “iconic figure of our age”.

“He believed in movements and mobilised people behind him for the causes he cared about, often unfashionable ones. In a world of politics that is often too small, he thought big about our

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“Above all, as I had cause to know, he was an incredibly kind man. I did work experience with him at the age of 16. I may have been just a teenager but he treated me as an equal.

Tributes are also flooding in on Twitter for the former Labour minister.

 

Benn will also be remembered as the person who installed this plaque in a cupboard in the House of Commons…

Suffragette plaque

…and for being one of the few people to come out well in an interview with Ali G.

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