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UK: Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn has died, his family have confirmed

PUBLISHED: 07:14 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 07:14 14 March 2014

Tony Benn

Tony Benn

Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn has died at home at the age of 88, his family said today.

The former cabinet minister died this morning at his home in west London surrounded by family members.

In a statement his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that our father Tony Benn died peacefully early this morning at his home in west London surrounded by his family.

“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.

“Arrangements for his funeral will be announced in due course.”

2 comments

  • A principled politician, not many of them left. RIP.

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    Robotix

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • as a conservative supporter i must say Tony Benn was a real labour man although i did at times disagree with him i admired him for his work for the working man, not like most politicians now days who are in for them selves yes we shall miss Tony

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    pandy

    Friday, March 14, 2014

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