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MPs get chance to pay tribute to Benn

A book of condolence has been opened for Tony Benn in Parliament and MPs will have the chance to pay tributes in the Commons on Thursday, Speaker John Bercow has announced.

Mr Bercow offered his own warm tribute to the late Mr Benn, who died last week, watched by two of his children - Leeds Central MP Hilary and Stephen - and one of his granddaughters, Emily Benn.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband will be given a chance to pay tribute tomorrow, Mr Bercow said, before MPs take part in a debate led by Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Thursday.

Mr Bercow told MPs: "Colleagues in all parts of the House will remember Tony Benn very well. For my part, I want to say I believe he was a man of deep socialist principle, of great integrity and of demonstrable passion and compassion, a brilliant parliamentarian, a brilliant platform speaker and a brilliant diarist."

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