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Tony Benn tributes: Northumberland MP remembers "a true gentleman"

The Labour MP for Wansbeck, Ian Lavery, has added his voice to the tributes to Tony Benn.

The Northumberland MP - a former President of the NUM - said he was greatly saddened to hear the news of Tony Benn's death:

"I knew Tony Benn as a personal friend and as a politician. He was an absolutely tremendous character, both in politics and in terms of being a true gentleman.

"When anybody asks me who my inspirations have been in life, Tony was always the first one I would mention."

– Ian Lavery MP