THE leader of Hyndburn Council has paid tribute to Labour stalwart Tony Benn, who died at his home aged 88.

Labour council leader Miles Parkinson said: “The Labour movement has lost a true icon. He was someone who gave hope to many. His ability to articulate his values and speak up for those without a voice was an inspiration."

The former cabinet minister died surrounded by his family in London on Friday.

Labour leader Ed Miliband added: “Tony Benn spoke his mind and spoke up for his values.

“Whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him, everyone knew where he stood and what he stood for.

“For someone of such strong views, often at odds with his party, he won respect from across the political spectrum.

“This was because of his unshakeable beliefs and his abiding determination that power and the powerful should be held to account.”