Remembering Tony Benn

Veteran politician Tony Benn was a central figure on the left of British politics for more than half a century. He led a varied life before and after his front-bench career.

Before Westminster, he did with stints with the Royal Air Force in Rhodesia and at the BBC, and he famously stepped down from the House of Commons in 2001 to "spend more time on politics."

Benn died today at the age of 88, and tributes are pouring in, even from people who disagreed with him. The BBC's political correspondent Rob Watson reports.


This segment aired on March 14, 2014. The audio for this segment is not available.


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