Tony Benn makes final journey

The funeral has taken place of former Bristol MP Tony Benn just yards from the House of Commons where he spent more than 50 years. Mourners said there was "laughter and tears" during the service.

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'Laughter and tears' at Benn funeral service

Tony Benn's funeral service has now ended, following tributes from his family.

A number of attendees have tweeted following the ceremony:


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Tony Benn funeral: Crowds pay tribute to 'one-off MP'

Devoted crowds are waiting outside in Westminster as the funeral service of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn gets underway.

One banner describes the left-wing MP as "truly irreplacable", while another calls him "our Tony Benn".

One poster reads "his truth goes marching on". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Another describes Mr Benn as "a one off MP". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Durham Miners Association hoist a flag in Benn's honour. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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Crowds mass in Westminster for Benn funeral

The funeral of Tony Benn is set to take place from 11am at Westminster Abbey, and large crowds have turned out to pay their respects.

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Tony Benn's coffin arrives in Westminster

Tony Benn's coffin arrived in Westminster tonight as he made his final visit to Parliament.

The former Labour cabinet minister's body lay in rest in Parliament's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, as family gathered round for a private ceremony to mark his death.

Tony Benn's coffin is carried into Parliament's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

His children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua were among around 30 close relatives who attended the service conducted by the Speaker of the House of Commons' Chaplain Rose Hudson-Wilkin in the crypt chapel.

The chapel has been also been briefly opened up to MPs, peers and passholders to allow them to pay their respects ahead of tomorrow's funeral.

Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn pictured in 2012. Credit: Press Association.

Mr Benn's funeral will take place tomorrow at 11am opposite parliament at St Margaret's Church after his coffin is taken by hearse from the gates of New Palace Yard, with family members following on foot.

A memorial meeting will be held later in the year.


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Benn funeral to end with Red Flag

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Peter Hain is among those at Tony Benn's funeral service.

On Twitter, he said the ceremony at Westminster Abbey will end with the 'The Red Flag' - a song long associated with the Labour Party and left-wing politics.

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Politicians across the divide arrive for Benn funeral

Tony Benn's coffin is carried in by members of his family, including his son Hillary, a serving MP. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures from across political divide have arrived in Westminster for the funeral service of Tony Benn.

Mr Benn's coffin arrived at St Margaret's Church to applause and some tears as politicians and activists made up the amassed crowds.

Arthur Scargill is pictured in a rare public appearance. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arthur Scargill, Rory Bremner, Lord Heseltine, Gerry Adams and Andrew Mitchell are among those at the ceremony, ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

Lord Heseltine was among the mourners. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine make their way to the service. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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