Northamptonshire Labour leader pays tribute to Tony Benn

Tony Benn speaking at an anti-cuts rally
Tony Benn speaking at an anti-cuts rally

The leader of the Northamptonshire Labour group has paid tribute to former cabinet minister and veteran left-wing campaigner Tony Benn, who has died aged 88.

Following the death of the veteran Labour MP, who served in the cabinet under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. Councillor John McGhee (Lab, Kingswood) said he was a man of conviction who stood up for the poor.

Councillor McGhee said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Tony Benn’s passing.

“Tony was an outstanding politician whose legacy will never be forgotten.

“He was a man of conviction who used his voice to stand up for the poor and powerless right across our country.

“Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.”

Former Labour MP for Northampton North Sally Keeble said Tony Benn was a man who drew many people into politics.

Writing on her Facebook page she said: “Many condolences to Hilary, Stephen, Melissa, Joshua and families on the sad loss of Tony Benn, who drew so many of us into politics.

“Gave us Concorde and the North Sea Oil industry. If you go to Parliament ask to go to the broom cupboard where Tony Benn mounted a plaque to commemorate the suffragette Emily Wilding Davidson who hid there the night before the 1911 census. Still the only memorial to the big fight for votes for women.”

Former Labour MP for Northampton South, who served in parliament with Tony Benn from 1997 to 2005, said: “He was like nobody else I came across in parliament.

“He was a politician of conviction and few now could match him. He believed passionately in what he said and never succumbed to the new Labour spin and stayed true to his beliefs.”