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'Laughter and tears' at Tony Benn's funeral in Westminster

The funeral has taken place of veteran Labour politician Tony Benn just yards from the House of Commons where he spent more than 50 years. Mourners said there were "laughter and tears" during the service.

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Family, friends and MPs to attend Tony Benn's funeral

Former Labour minister Tony Benn will be laid to rest today after a funeral held opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Tony Benn speaking out against then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981. Credit: PA

The father-of-four will be remembered in a service at St Margaret's Church during a service beginning at 11am.

His body will be taken by hearse from the gates of New Palace Yard, with family members following on foot.

The left wing politician, who died aged 88 earlier this month, was allowed to lie in Parliament's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft with MPs, peers and passholders allowed to pay their respects.

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