The music world has paid tribute to former Labour MP Tony Benn, who has died at the age of 88.
Benn’s death was announced by his family today (March 14), and Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis was among the first people to publicly remember the late MP.
Eavis was joined by daughter Emily, who called Benn a “loyal friend” of Glastonbury and an “inspiration.” Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire posted a video of his meeting with Benn in 2011. Tributes also followed from members of Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, Massive Attack and Portishead, as well as former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.
See below for a rundown of some of the tributes to Benn.
Tony Benn rest in peace. A true inspiration for all of us and a loyal friend of the festival. Will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) March 14, 2014
— ManicStreetPreachers (@Manics) March 14, 2014
The world is a poorer place without Tony Benn.
— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) March 14, 2014
Would be apt if the Tony Benn quotes this morning were more than memorials …they are the key to the ongoing fight for social justice
— Bernard Butler (@Bernard_Butler) March 14, 2014
So sad to lose Tony Benn. What a wonderful politician and what a wonderful man. Rest in peace.
— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) March 14, 2014
RIP Tony Benn, a true statesman.
“The UK is only superficially governed by MPs and the voters who elect them…. http://t.co/obHxbuiDM4
— Massive Attack (@MassiveAttackUK) March 14, 2014
Tony Benn in parliament outlines true intent of US in Iraq before it happened
— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) March 14, 2014
A major figure in the Labour party for many years, Benn was an MP for 50 years and cabinet member during both Harold Wilson and James Callaghan’s leadership.