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Labour politicians pay tribute to Tony Benn

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Anti- cuts rally at Beds Uni with speaker Tony Benn.
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L12-1225 8/10/12 Anti- cuts rally at Beds Uni with speaker Tony Benn. wk 41 SAS JX ENGPNL00120120910112034

City Labour politicians have expressed their grief at the death of former Cabinet Minister Tony Benn.

The veteran left-wing politician topped the bill at a city rally opposing cuts to public services held in 2011 and he spoke with passion at the event organised by MK Coalition of Resistance.

Mr Benn was president of the national CoR.

Andrew Pakes, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Tony Benn. Tony was one of the towering political figures of my childhood growing up in Milton Keynes and, whether you agreed with him or not, he always stood out from the crowd.

“He was a leading light in the great Labour government that created the Open University.

“In an era where politicians think it is acceptable to marginalise the vulnerable and poor, Tony was always a shining champion for equality and social justice. He was always a passionate advocate for ideas in an age of vanilla politics.”

Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, remembers Mr Benn from his time as the MP for Milton Keynes North between 1997 and 2005.

He said: “Lots of people will talk about his career but I will remember his courteous attitude and the support he gave me personally.

“He supported me when I needed it and was very kind. We live in an age where technology is core to our lives. However that was not always taken for granted. In the early sixties Harold Wilson won the 64 election on the basis of embracing the “white hot heat of technology”

“The person he turned to in order to deliver it in Government was Tony and his achievements in that Wilson government often get overlooked as commentators cover his later career but he made some of the fundamental shifts in our attitudes happen and which we still benefit from today.”

 

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