Tony Benn: Radical figurehead of the left

By any standards Tony Benn's was a rich and fascinating life - born into a political family he met Gandhi and Lloyd George before his teens.

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Tony Benn's family prepare to say final goodbye

Tony Benn was 88 when he passed away on March 14

The friends and family of former Chesterfield MP, Tony Benn, are preparing to say their final goodbyes at his funeral later this morning.

He served as a Labour politician for 51 years. Credit: PA

A service for the long-serving Labour politician will be held at St Margaret's Church in Westminster at 11am.

It's expected he'll then be buried at his family estate in Essex.

Final journey for Tony Benn

Farewell to Tony Benn Credit: PA

The veteran Labour politician and former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn will make his final journey today - to the Palace of Westminster where his coffin will stay overnight, ahead of his funeral tomorrow. His burial is expected to take place at the family estate in Essex.

Mr Benn had long-standing connections to the area, with his family owning Stansgate Abbey Farm on the River Blackwater and he has previously stated that he would also like to be buried next to his wife on the river banks.

Police search for missing pensioner from Chesterfield

Police in Chesterfield are appealing for help to find Alec Morris, 81, who went missing from his home in Inkersall on Tuesday.

Alec Morris went missing on Tuesday

Mr Morris was dropped off outside his home on Westwood Drive at 5.50pm but didn't go into the house. He has not been seen since.Mr Morris is described as being bald and was wearing a grey coat, grey/blue trousers and blue shoes.

His wife and officers are extremely worried for his safety.

Officers are appealing to local residents to be on the look-out for Mr Morris and to check sheds and outhouses to see if he is sheltering somewhere

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Tony Benn's funeral plans unveiled

Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn who died at 88 Credit: PA Pictures

Details have been released of former Labour cabinet minister and ex-Chesterfield MP Tony Benn's funeral.

The service will take place at St Margaret's Church in Westminster at 11am on Thursday.

Benn's body will be taken by hearse from the gates of New Palace Yard, with family members following on foot.

There will also be space outside for the public to pay their respects. A memorial meeting will be held later in the year.

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