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Labour Politician And Activist Tony Benn Dies At Age 88

Benn's family has confirmed the former politician has passed away at his home in London.

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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."

A former MP and Cabinet Minister, Benn's career in parliament started November 1950. He served under Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan, and later became the president of the Stop the War campaign.

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In an interview after suffering a stroke, Benn had said he didn't fear death, saying: “No, I’m not frightened about death. I don’t know why but I just feel that at a certain moment your switch is switched off and that’s it. And you can’t do anything about it.

“I think experiencing my wife’s life and then death has encouraged me to feel like this.”