Labour politician Tony Benn dies aged 88
Friday, March 14, 2014
Tony Benn, British Labour Party politician and left-wing campaigner, died this morning at his home in west London at age 88. Benn's health had been declining since a stroke left him hospitalized in 2012.
Benn's father and both grandfathers were MPs (Members of) in the party; his father defected to Labour and became a Cabinet Minister. Benn grew up in London and was a pupil at before studying politics, philosophy and economics at , . During , he served in the for two years, then went back to Oxford to finish his studies. He worked as a radio producer.
Tony Benn became an MP in November of 1950 and was a member of the cabinets ofand . In 1981, Benn ran for deputy leadership of the Labour Party but lost. He also had a role in shaping the 1983 Labour manifesto. He went on to become a diarist and speaker, as well as joining in the anti-war movement and speaking out strongly against the . newspaper once referred to him as "the most dangerous man in Britain" because of his strong left-wing political views.
Benn's sonalso joined Labour and is an MP for Leeds Central. He distanced himself from his father's views by saying he was "a Benn, not a Bennite".
Benn's children released a statement following his passing: "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."
Labour leadersaid Benn was an "iconic figure of our age", "a champion of the powerless, a great parliamentarian and a conviction politician". said on : "Tony Benn was a magnificent writer, speaker and campaigner. There was never a dull moment listening to him, even if you disagreed with him."
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