Town’s former MP leaves hospital

Tony Benn
Tony Benn

Former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn has left hospital.

The 88-year-old was admitted to Charing Cross Hospital in London at the beginning of last month after feeling unwell.

A family spokesman said: “Tony Benn has been moved from hospital and is now being cared for at home.

“The Benn family would like to express its heartfelt thanks to all the NHS staff at Charing Cross Hospital for their outstanding care and to the many people who have sent kind messages of concern and support.”

Mr Benn was the town’s Labour MP between 1984 and 2001.

He entered Parliament in November 1950 and served as Minister of Technology, Industry and Energy in the Wilson and Callaghan Cabinets.

He opposed joining the Common Market, was pipped to the Deputy Leadership by Dennis Healey and backed the miners’ strike.

In recent years Mr Benn has been president of the Stop the War campaign as well as a popular public speaker.

Mr Benn has topped several polls as the most popular politician in Britain.