Hyndburn Council leader’s tribute to Tony Benn

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THE leader of Hyndburn Council has paid tribute to Labour stalwart Tony Benn, who died at his home aged 88.

Labour council leader Miles Parkinson said: “The Labour movement has lost a true icon. He was someone who gave hope to many. His ability to articulate his values and speak up for those without a voice was an inspiration."

The former cabinet minister died surrounded by his family in London on Friday.

Labour leader Ed Miliband added: “Tony Benn spoke his mind and spoke up for his values.

“Whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him, everyone knew where he stood and what he stood for.

“For someone of such strong views, often at odds with his party, he won respect from across the political spectrum.

“This was because of his unshakeable beliefs and his abiding determination that power and the powerful should be held to account.”

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5:32pm Wed 19 Mar 14

moxhie says...

As a minister in Government did Mr Benn achieve anything ?

As a Labour Party politician in opposition did Mr Benn and the Bennites achieve anything other than making the Labour Party unelectable , ensuring the continuation of 18 years of Tory misrule and the creation of New Labour ?
As a minister in Government did Mr Benn achieve anything ? As a Labour Party politician in opposition did Mr Benn and the Bennites achieve anything other than making the Labour Party unelectable , ensuring the continuation of 18 years of Tory misrule and the creation of New Labour ? moxhie
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8:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

Tony Benn changed British politics fundamentally - but perhaps not in a way he intended.

Younger readers may be shocked to hear that until the late 1970s, party leaders were chosen by a vote of their MPs only. Ordinary party members had no vote and no say. Benn was the politician who ;led the charge to change this in the Labour Party - and once the Labour Party changed this, the other parties followed suit.

Now it is unthinkable that a political party would not have its leader elected by a vote of its members.
Tony Benn changed British politics fundamentally - but perhaps not in a way he intended. Younger readers may be shocked to hear that until the late 1970s, party leaders were chosen by a vote of their MPs only. Ordinary party members had no vote and no say. Benn was the politician who ;led the charge to change this in the Labour Party - and once the Labour Party changed this, the other parties followed suit. Now it is unthinkable that a political party would not have its leader elected by a vote of its members. Excluded again
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