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 granddaughter to stand for election

The granddaughter of the late Labour politician Tony Benn has been selected to stand in next year's general election, as she bids to become the fifth generation of her family to sit in the Commons.

Emily Benn will contest Croydon South for Labour in May next year, but she will have to overturn a 15,818 Tory majority if she is to win the seat and join her uncle Hilary Benn in the Commons.

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Emily Benn with, her grandfather, former Labour MP Tony Benn (right) and her uncle Hilary Benn. Credit: PA

Benn, 24, said it was "insulting" to suggest that her family's history had anything to do with her selection and insisted there was no extra pressure at become of her ancestry.

As well as her uncle and grandfather, Ms Benn's great-grandfather William Wedgwood Benn, her great-great-grandfather, Sir John Williams Benn and great-great-grandfather Daniel Homes, were all MPs.

Tony Benn died in March at the age of 88, with David Cameron describing his death as a "sad day for British politics".

Spontaneous applause and warm tributes at the funeral of former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn

by Alison Mackenzie Political Correspondent

Friends family and supporters from the world of politics gathered to pay tribute to the former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn at his funeral today in Westminster. One mourner described him as a man who had inspired ideas humour and hope for generations.

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Politicians across the divide arrive for Benn funeral

Tony Benn's coffin is carried in by members of his family, including his son Hillary, a serving MP.
Tony Benn's coffin is carried in by members of his family, including his son Hillary, a serving MP. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures from across political divide have arrived in Westminster for the funeral service of Tony Benn.

Mr Benn's coffin arrived at St Margaret's Church to applause and some tears as politicians and activists made up the amassed crowds.

Arthur Scargill is pictured in Westminster ahead of the ceremony.
Arthur Scargill is pictured in a rare public appearance. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arthur Scargill, Rory Bremner, Lord Heseltine, Gerry Adams and Andrew Mitchell are among those at the ceremony, ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

Lord Heseltine was among the mourners.
Lord Heseltine was among the mourners. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine make their way to the service.
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine make their way to the service. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Read: Hundreds honour Tony Benn at his funeral in Westminster

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Tony Benn funeral: Crowds pay tribute to 'one-off MP'

Devoted crowds are waiting outside in Westminster as the funeral service of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn gets underway.

One banner describes the left-wing MP as "truly irreplacable", while another calls him "our Tony Benn".

One poster reads "his truth goes marching on".
One poster reads "his truth goes marching on". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Another describes Mr Benn as "a one off MP".
Another describes Mr Benn as "a one off MP". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Durham Miners Association hoist a flag in Westminster.
The Durham Miners Association hoist a flag in Benn's honour. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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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.

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.

Read: Tony Benn's body to lie in Westminster Hall

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

Read: Tony Benn: A towering figure who never wavered

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.

Read: Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn dies aged 88

Read: Tony Benn's coffin arrives in Westminster

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