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MPs across political divide pay respects to Tony Benn

There were warm words across the political spectrum today for veteran Labour politician Tony Benn, who died this morning aged 88.

Ed Miliband described the former cabinet minister as a "champion of the powerless" and said Mr Benn's "unshakeable beliefs" had been an inspiration.

David Cameron said his death was a "sad day for British politics," describing Benn as "an extraordinary man, a great writer and a brilliant speaker".

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Tony Benn's bus boycott help described as crucial

Civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson, who led the Bristol bus boycott in 1963 has paid tribute to Tony Benn.

The MP had supported the boycott which was a protest at the Bristol Omnibus company's refusal to employ a black driver.

The event was instrumental in creating the Race Relations Act two years later, today Tony Benn's help was said to be crucial.

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