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Tributes paid to Tony Benn in Wales

Tony Benn was described as 'a total inspiration' by Manics bass player Nicky Wire Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Manic Street Preachers' bass player Nicky Wire and paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson are among those to pay tribute to Labour politician Tony Benn.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM said: "I was very sad to hear about the passing of Tony Benn. A sincere politician with compassion and conviction. He was a champion of working people."

Nicky Wire, who interviewed Mr Benn in 2010, tweeted: "Was lucky enough to spend time with Tony Benn...humbling - a total inspiration."

On Twitter, Baronness Tanni Grey-Thompson wrote: "First time I met Tony Benn he introduced himself to me 'hello, I'm Tony Benn.' Hard to know what to say to that."

Mr Benn had a strong connection with Wales throughout his parliamentary career and campaigning work. He openly supported Welsh miners during the 1984 strike. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glamorgan in June 2011 for his work as an author and politician.

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First Minister pays tribute to Tony Benn

First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM has paid tribute veteran Labour politician Tony Benn, who has died at the age of 88.

Tony Benn will be remembered as one of Britain’s most prominent politicians. He was a man of great principle who worked tirelessly in the world of politics all through his adult life. Even when he stood down from the House of Commons, he remained active and was an inspiration to many who believed passionately in social justice.

I am sure he will be missed by those across the political spectrum, and my thoughts are with his family.

– Carwyn Jones AM