Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88

Tony Benn – the lodestar for the Labour left for decades, orator, campaigner, diarist and grandfather – has died aged 88 after a long illness, his family has announced.

Tributes poured in for one the country’s most extraordinary and controversial MPs, who, in what he described as the blazing autumn of his career outside Westminster, came to be regarded as an anti-establishment voice for democracy. Read more

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Pictured: Tony Benn before speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2008. Photo: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian.