Nelson Mandela was "absolutely without any bitterness" about the hardships he had suffered and had "tremendous personal magnetism", Britain's first black female MP told Daybreak.
Diane Abbott met Mandela shortly after his release from prison in 1990: "The extraordinary thing was that he spent 27 years in prison. He had known many of his closest colleagues murdered, tortured, also imprisoned."
Six-year-old Emma Williams was invited to sit on Nelson Mandela's lap when he visited Wales in June 1998. Now 22, she speaks to ITV News.
Nelson Mandela touched aspects of British public life in a way that very few other international figures have managed.