Tributes have been flooding in on Twitter as news of his death spread, with Northumbria police and crime commissioner Vera Baird QC tweeting: "1st met Tony Benn Durham Miner's Gala in 70s. He said he didn't know there were young lawyers. We should sack some old judges make room."
"We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the NHS staff and carers who have looked after him with such kindness in hospital and at home.
Benn, who was married to Caroline and had four children, including son Hilary who followed in his footsteps to become an MP, retired from parliament in 2001, famously announcing that he wanted to concentrate on politics.
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"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. Arrangements for his funeral will be announced in due course."
Aged just 25 when he first entered Parliament, Mr Benn subsequently renounced his peerage, which he inherited on his father's death, to remain in the House of Commons.
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The at times controversial member of parliament for 50 years, a cabinet minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, died peacefully at home this morning, his family said.
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Sunderland reacts to the death of Tony Benn
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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 early this morning at his home in west London surrounded by his family.
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Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson said: "Very sad news about Tony Benn. An incredible orator who captivated his audience. RIP Tony Benn. Principled radical, great orator but always decent polite and kind."
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