Statement from the Speaker on the death of Tony Benn

Statement from the Speaker on the death of Tony Benn
14 March 2014

The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, has made a statement following the death of Tony Benn.

"I was very sad to learn of Tony Benn's passing. I have been proud to know him for the last two decades and to be able to call him a friend. He was a man of deep socialist principle, obvious humanity and great personal warmth. A brilliant Parliamentarian, he penned amongst the most memorable political diaries. He will be sorely missed."

Statement in the Commons Chamber: 17 March 2014

Mr Speaker also made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 17 March 2014.

Related information 

Contributions to Parliamentary debate

Historic Hansard contains contributions to Parliamentary debates dating from 1803-2005.

Speaker's Lectures: Tristram Hunt MP on Tony Benn

As part of a series of lectures in 2011 marking the centenary of the 1911 Parliament Act, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Tristram Hunt spoke about Tony Benn's career.

Art in Parliament

Living Heritage: Women and the Vote

In 1991 Tony Benn MP place a plaque to Emily Wilding Davison in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft.


Image: PA/Fiona Hanson

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