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19 Pictures Of Tony Benn As A Young Man

The legendary Labour politician has died, aged 88. This is what he did in his prime.

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8. Benn is greeted outside parliament by a crowd after being re-elected in 1961.

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Benn was the son of a hereditary Labour peer. When his father died in November 1960 he inherited the title of Viscount Stansgate, which meant he could not sit in the House of Commons as an MP. But Benn decided to stand anyway.

10. Benn lights his pipe at the 1962 Labour conference, having been removed from his House of Commons seat by an electoral court.

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Benn successfully lobbied the Conservative government to change the law so hereditary peers could renounce their titles.

16. Benn tries out a luxury 'Trimphone' at Hampstead Town Hall in 1965.

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"It has an illuminated dial and the handset rests along the length of the base instead of across it."

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