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MPs to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in the Commons

MPs will pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in the Commons today. Question time has been suspended and instead Speaker John Bercow will make an opening address, followed by words from David Cameron and other party leaders.

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Blair: Mandela made racism 'not just immoral but stupid'

Former prime minister Tony Blair said Nelson Mandela was a "great man" who had made racism "not just immoral but stupid".

Mr Blair said: "Through his leadership, he guided the world into a new era of politics in which black and white, developing and developed, north and south, despite all the huge differences in wealth and opportunity, stood for the first time together on equal terms.

Nelson Mandela with the Bill Clinton and Tony Blair at Westminster London in 2003. Credit: Chris Young/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"Through his dignity, grace and the quality of his forgiveness, he made racism everywhere not just immoral but stupid; something not only to be disagreed with, but to be despised. In its place he put the inalienable right of all humankind to be free and to be equal."

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