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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Stephen Benn: 'Well Dad, you did encourage us'

Tony Benn's son paid a moving tribute to the former Labour MP at today's funeral service, praising his "encouragement and inspiration" for his family and many others.

In his eulogy at St Margaret's Church, Stephen Benn said the very last words his father heard were his four children telling him they loved him.

Listen to a segment of his speech here:

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'Laughter and tears' at Benn funeral service

Tony Benn's funeral service has now ended, following tributes from his family.

A number of attendees have tweeted following the ceremony:

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Beautiful service for Tony Benn, incredible eulogies from his children, ending with a defiant rendition of The Red Flag. #HeEncouragedUs

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Just left Tony Benn's funeral - laughs, tears and hugely inspiring. They should take it to the provinces, then do a run in the West End.

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Dean of St Margaret's said Tony Benn once asked a man what religion he was; - reply "lapsed atheist" http://t.co/OVVFsTwm66

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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

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

Benn funeral to end with Red Flag

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Peter Hain is among those at Tony Benn's funeral service.

On Twitter, he said the ceremony at Westminster Abbey will end with the 'The Red Flag' - a song long associated with the Labour Party and left-wing politics.

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In St Margaret's Westminster Abbey looking at at Tony Benn funeral order of service. He would have approved: ends with Red Flag

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Crowds mass in Westminster for Benn funeral

The funeral of Tony Benn is set to take place from 11am at Westminster Abbey, and large crowds have turned out to pay their respects.

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Quite a crowd gathering for Funeral of #TonyBenn applause for Ken Livingstone just now http://t.co/bPCxLq91Au

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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

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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