Music world reacts to death of Tony Benn

Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and Massive Attack lead tributes to former Labour MP

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.

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.