Crowds line the streets to honour Tony Benn

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Labour stalwart Tony Benn was given an emotional send off as figures as diverse as a former IRA commander, hard-right Tory opponents and a television impressionist gathered in Westminster to pay their respects.

Outside, hundreds of well wishers gathered to listen to the service, which was being broadcast on loudspeakers, and frequently cheered and broke into applause as Mr Benn’s family shared memories. In the moving hour-long service mourners were brought to tears and roused to laughter as his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua, as well as Mr Benn’s brother David recounted tales of family life.

Mr Benn was an influential figure in the bitter mining dispute and visiting Mansfield to join demonstrators back in the 1980s.


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