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UK politician Tony Benn has died aged 88

The left-wing activist was an MP for almost 50 years.

Tony Benn at a meeting of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in London.
Tony Benn at a meeting of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in London.
Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

VETERAN LABOUR MP Tony Benn has died aged 88.

The left-wing campaigner was an MP for almost 50 years and died at home last night according to his family.

“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,” said a statement from his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua.

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.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was one of the first to pay tribute to Benn this morning.

“Tony Benn was a magnificent writer, speaker and campaigner. There was never a dull moment listening to him, even if you disagreed with him,” Cameron said in a tweet.

Along with his activism in the UK, Benn argued for the removal of British troops from Ireland and publicly supported the unification of Ireland.

© – AFP 2014

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