Reaction to Tony Benn's death

Key points

  • Veteran politician Tony Benn has died at home surrounded by his family. He was 88.
  • The former cabinet minister and formidable left-wing campaigner had been seriously ill.
  • He first entered Parliament in 1950 at a by-election in Bristol South-East.
  • Labour leader Ed Miliband has led tributes, describing him as an "iconic figure of our age".
  • Conservatives have also paid tribute. "There was never a dull moment listening to him, even if you disagreed with him," David Cameron said.

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Last updated 14 March 2014

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