- Category: Party and Class
- Published on Friday, 14 March 2014
- Written by Emma Rock
We would like to extend our condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Tony Benn who died this Friday morning aged 88. Tony was a huge presence on the left and he will be greatly missed by the movement to which he contributed so much. Few can claim as many achievements as Benn; however he was never one to rest on his laurels, always throwing himself into the next campaign.
Even in his later years he was a delight to watch, arguably moving to the left after leaving the House of Commons to, as he put it, ‘devote more time to politics’. Often running circles around his juniors, his sharp and plain speaking style was both effective and an inspiration to many generations of activists. Those of us lucky enough to have worked with him will remember his infectious enthusiasm as well as his warm and friendly character.
Whether you remember him for his days as an outspoken MP, his staunch support of the miners’ strike or as a spokesperson for the anti-war movement, his absence will be a great loss to the many causes he championed.