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North East Labour Party figures pay tribute to Tony Benn

North East Labour figures including the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird and the MPs Andy McDonald, who represents Middlesbrough, and Grahame Morris, who represents Easington, have all paid tribute to Tony Benn on Twitter.

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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