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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Labour MPs pay tribute to 'political giant' Tony Benn


Sad to hear that my predecessor in Chesterfield Tony Benn has died. He was a kind man,a political giant& one of the great orators of any era


Admired so many things about Benn: unwavering principles; always open to new ideas; stellar political speaker but unfailingly courteous.


Terribly sorry to hear about Tony Benn. Thoughts are with all his family and many friends…


Benn family: We are so proud of his devotion to others

Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn died this morning at his home in west London surrounded by family members.

In a statement his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua said:

It is with great sadness that we announce that our father Tony Benn died peacefully early this morning at his home in west London surrounded by his family.

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.

Arrangements for his funeral will be announced in due course.

Read more: Tony Benn reflects on a life in politics


Tony Benn, former Chesterfield MP 'seriously ill'

Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Former Chesterfield MP, Tony Benn is spending his fourth night in hospital and is understood to be "seriously ill".

The 88-year-old former Cabinet minister was admitted to hospital over the weekend.

A family spokesman said: "Tony Benn was taken to hospital on Saturday evening after feeling unwell. He is currently receiving treatment."

Mr Benn entered Parliament in November 1950 and served in the Cabinet under Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan.

He campaigned against EU membership, oversaw the development of Concorde, narrowly missed out on election as Labour deputy leader in 1981, and was instrumental in party's 1983 manifesto.

He held a seat as MP for Chesterfield from a by-election in 1984 until 2001 when he stepped down from Parliament.

Mr Benn remains a significant figure in the Labour movement - in particular as a staunch opponent of the Iraq War.


Police concerned for welfare of missing teenage girl

Roxanne Wilcox Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a teenage girl who has been missing for over a week.

Roxanne Wilcox, 15, was last seen at an address in Pilsley, Chesterfield, around 5pm on Friday 10 January 2014.

She usually lives at an address in Carburton and is originally from Bedfordshire.

Roxanne is described as white, 5ft 5" tall, and of medium build. She has long ginger hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue body-warmer, and black and green Nike trainers.

She is not believed to have access to money and officers are keen to locate where she is.

Chesterfield v Mansfield disorder: 18 fans charged

The disorder took place at Proact Stadium in September
The disorder took place at Proact Stadium in September Credit: PA Wire

18 men have been charged following disorder at the game between Chestefield FC and Mansfield Town.

A number of incidents took place during and after Mansfield's 1-0 win over their rivals at the Proact Stadium on 28 September.

19 men in total were arrested for public order offences. 18 have been charged while one man received a police caution.

The men are due to appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court in Chesterfield on Monday, December 16.

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