• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Tony Benn 1925-2014 Tributes to Labour politician led by the First Minister

TRIBUTES have been paid in Scotland to veteran Labour politician Tony Benn, who has died aged 88.

A left-wing stalwart, Mr Benn marched in Glasgow with union leaders Jimmy Reid and Jimmy Airlie in 1971, above, to fight the closure of shipyards on the Upper Clyde. He was said to have been "mobbed by so many well-wishers you would think he was a rock star".

He served as the Secretary of State for Industry during the 1974-79 Labour government and was once dubbed the "most dangerous man in Britain" because of his socialist views.

Mr Benn died peacefully at his home in west London yesterday, surrounded by his family.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Tony Benn was an outstanding figure whose career encompassed several political generations.

"His political reputation will transcend the internal Labour Party battles of the seventies and eighties and be founded instead on a politician whose writings and campaignings reinvigorated grass-roots politics."

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.