Tony Benn's funeral drew a kaleidoscope of political persuasions united to pay tribute to his life's work and his enduring legacy.
Wesley Smith recalls the time he spent with the former MP for Chesterfield, Tony Benn, who died at his home today at the age of 88.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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, Rory Bremner, Lord Heseltine, Gerry Adams and Andrew Mitchell are among those at the ceremony, ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.
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".
The friends and family of former Chesterfield MP, Tony Benn, are preparing to say their final goodbyes at his funeral later this morning.
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.
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.
Former Labour minister Tony Benn will be laid to rest today after a funeral held opposite the Houses of Parliament.
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.