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Tony Benn Will and Testament is a moving portrait of his life and politics

Tony Benn Will and Testament is a moving  portrait of his life and politics The modest documentary Tony Benn Will and Testament, made shortly before his death, is a reminder of his socialist politics, argues Sarah Ensor

Reports round-up

HMRC strike gets go ahead | Hundreds attend memorial for Tony Benn | Racist EDL outnumbered in Stevenage | Unison service group executive election results | Protest in London over rapes in India | Lunchtime protests to save legal aid | Four-day strike for 3 Cosas campaign

Tony Benn meeting debates reformism

Eighty people attended a meeting about Tony Benn at Leeds Metropolitan University on Friday of last week.

People’s Charter launched in House of Commons

People’s Charter launched in House of Commons Tony Benn joined Labour MPs John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn and union general secretaries Bob Crow, Mark Serwotka and Matt Wrack and campaigning lawyers Michael Mansfield and Imran Khan to launch the People’s Charter for Change last week.

Tony Benn in Chesterfield rallies support for resistance

Tony Benn in Chesterfield rallies support for resistance Tony Benn addressed a rally in Chesterfield last Saturday – for the first time since he stopped being the local MP in 2001.

Tony Benn: ‘Intensify the campaign’

"The news that the US is now bombing Pakistan emphasises yet again the appalling dangers that have followed from the so-called ‘war on terror’.

TUC conference: Fringe meeting on neoliberalism in the EU

09 September 2008
A packed fringe meeting organised by the RMT transport workers’ union saw Tony Benn, Unite's Irish regional secretary Jimmy Kelly and the RMT’s Bob Crow speak against the neoliberal drive in the European Union (EU).

The rise and fall of Tony Benn and the 1980s Labour left

10 June 2008
The beginning of the 1980s saw the rise of the left wing inside the Labour Party behind the figure of Tony Benn.

Labour Representation Committee conference

20 November 2007
Around 250 people gathered at the annual conference of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) in London last Saturday. They heard from speakers including Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and union leaders Mark Serwotka, Matt Wrack and Joe Marino.

March on parliament to defy Stop the War ban, says Tony Benn

02 October 2007
Tony Benn and Labour national executive member Walter Wolfgang are set to defy the law and lead a banned anti-war march down Whitehall to parliament next Monday—the day Gordon Brown has promised to deliver a statement on Britain's presence in occupied Iraq.

Chainmakers’ festival success

18 September 2007
Tony Benn joined over 1,000 trade unionists and activists at the chainmakers’ festival at the Black Country living history museum in Dudley last Saturday.

People's Assembly reaffirms opposition to Blair's war - full report

24 March 2007
"We here at this assembly represent the opinions of the people far more than those in houses of parliament," said Tony Benn, president of the Stop the War Coalition, to hundreds of delegates at the People’s Assembly held in central London on Tuesday.

Video of Tony Benn addressing the demo in London, 24 February

03 March 2007
Veteran activist Tony Benn addressing the rally in Trafalgar Square at the end of the 100,000 strong Stop the War Coalition and CND 'Troops Out Now – No Trident Replacement' demonstration against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The demonstration was in London on Saturday 24 February 2007.

Tony Benn: ‘Why we must all demonstrate on 24 February’

24 February 2007
‘People say, "What’s the point of demonstrations?" I got some letters four years ago after the big demonstration then and people said, "we had the demonstration, there were two million people there, but the war went ahead."

Paul Robeson tribute at Soas

30 September 2006
Tony Benn and Sir Willard White were among the speakers and performers at the unveiling of a plaque at School of Oriental and African Studies to honour Paul Robeson.

Tony Benn to join George Galloway on TalkSport after demonstration

23 September 2006
Tony Benn will be joining George Galloway on his TalkSport radio show on Saturday 23 September straight after the mass anti-war protest in Manchester. Tony and George will be discussing the anti-war movement, the politics of protest and the future for the left in this special show broadcast from Manchester.

Nine hundred at Sheffield anti-war rally

23 September 2006
An audience of 900 people in Sheffield heard veteran Labour left-winger Tony Benn warn that "war with Iran could be the beginning of a Third World War."

Video of Tony Benn speech at London Lebanon demonstration

05 August 2006
The speech given by veteran socialist campaigner Tony Benn to the Parliament Square rally at the end of the London demonstration against Israel's assault on Lebanon, Saturday 5 August 2006

Tony Benn says Blair should ‘follow the fate of Eden’

05 August 2006
Leading figures in the anti-war movement are calling on people to demonstrate in Manchester on Saturday 23 September at the Labour Party conference to drive Tony Blair from office.

Stop the War round-up

11 March 2006
Tower Hamlets Over 300 people came to a Stop the War rally in Tower Hamlets, east London on Wednesday of last week. The audience, which reflected the diversity of the local community, heard speakers including George Galloway, Rose Gentle and Tony Benn.

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