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PR 81 14 Mar 2014

POA pay tribute to Tony Benn

The POA who made Tony Benn an Honorary Life Member in 2008 are saddened by his death at the age of 88 years.

Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA stated;

“Tony Benn was a principled politician who was not afraid to champion working class people. He was never embarrassed to be associated with trade unions. He was respected by young and old alike. Even in retirement he was an ever present at various rallies including the Durham Miners Gala and Tolpuddle Martyrs. He was a fine socialist and a towering figure and he will be missed but not forgotten.”

Peter McParlin National Chairman of the POA went on to say;

“Tony Benn was a proud holder of Honorary Life Member. I remember his wonderful speech to our Annual Conference in 2008 when he received a standing ovation. I do not recall many politicians or former politicians receiving such an ovation. It spoke volumes of the man. He championed ordinary people and that is what captured the imagination of the British public and he will be remembered as a Champion of the People.”

The POA send our condolences to his family and friends.



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