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Funeral of former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn

Tony Benn, veteren labour politician Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The funeral of former Chesterfield MP, Tony Benn, will take place at St Margaret's today.

His body has lain to rest in the Palace of Westminster ahead of the funeral. Royal permission was granted for the honour which has only been given to one politician before, Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher.

Tony Benn died two weeks ago at his home, and people from across the political world have paid tribute to him.

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Family, friends and MPs to attend Tony Benn's funeral

Former Labour minister Tony Benn will be laid to rest today after a funeral held opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Tony Benn speaking out against then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981. Credit: PA

The father-of-four will be remembered in a service at St Margaret's Church during a service beginning at 11am.

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

The left wing politician, who died aged 88 earlier this month, was allowed to lie in Parliament's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft with MPs, peers and passholders allowed to pay their respects.

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Tony Benn's coffin arrives in Westminster

Tony Benn's coffin arrived in Westminster tonight as he made his final visit to Parliament.

The former Labour cabinet minister's body lay in rest in Parliament's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, as family gathered round for a private ceremony to mark his death.

Tony Benn's coffin is carried into Parliament's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

His children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua were among around 30 close relatives who attended the service conducted by the Speaker of the House of Commons' Chaplain Rose Hudson-Wilkin in the crypt chapel.

The chapel has been also been briefly opened up to MPs, peers and passholders to allow them to pay their respects ahead of tomorrow's funeral.

Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn pictured in 2012. Credit: Press Association.

Mr Benn's funeral will take place tomorrow at 11am opposite parliament at St Margaret's Church after his coffin is taken by hearse from the gates of New Palace Yard, with family members following on foot.

A memorial meeting will be held later in the year.

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Ed Miliband: Benn was a champion of the powerless

Labour leader Ed Miliband paid tribute to an "iconic figure of our age" Tony Benn.He said: "He will be remembered as a champion of the powerless, a great parliamentarian and a conviction politician.

Ed Miliband has paid tribute to Tony Benn who has died aged 88. Credit: Press Association

"Tony Benn spoke his mind and spoke up for his values. Whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him, everyone knew where he stood and what he stood for.

"For someone of such strong views, often at odds with his party, he won respect from across the political spectrum."

He went on: "This was because of his unshakeable beliefs and his abiding determination that power and the powerful should be held to account.

"He believed in movements and mobilised people behind him for the causes he cared about, often unfashionable ones. In a world of politics that is often too small, he thought big about our country and our world.

"Above all, as I had cause to know, he was an incredibly kind man. I did work experience with him at the age of 16. I may have been just a teenager but he treated me as an equal. It was the nature of the man and the principle of his politics."

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