Tributes to former Chesterfield MP

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Tributes have been paid to former Chesterfield MP - the Labour veteran Tony Benn.

Mr Benn, who served in Chesterfield from 1984 to 2001, was a cabinet member between 1974 and 1979, for one year as Secretary of State for Industry and four years as Minister of Energy.

In a statement his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that our father Tony Benn died peacefully at his home in west London surrounded by his family.

“We will miss above all his love which has sustained us throughout our lives. But we are comforted by the memory of his long, full and inspiring life and so proud of his devotion to helping others as he sought to change the world for the better.

Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the Labour veteran on Twitter.

He said: “Tony Benn was a magnificent writer, speaker and campaigner. There was never a dull moment listening to him, even if you disagreed with him.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband paid tribute to an “iconic figure of our age”.

He said: “ He will be remembered as a champion of the powerless, a great parliamentarian and a conviction politician.”