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".
Peer, self-demoter, Post Master General, Energy Secretary, would-be party leader and Prime Minster, he was, above all that, a friend.
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.