Veteran Politician Tony Benn Leaves Charing Cross

Family offer heartfelt thanks to NHS staff for "outstanding care"

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Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn has left hospital and is being cared for at home, his family has said.

The former cabinet minister, 88, was admitted to Charing Cross Hospital at the beginning of last month after feeling unwell.

But this week 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 of concern and support."

Mr Benn entered parliament in November 1950 and served in the cabinet under Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan.

He stepped down from parliament in 2001, but remains a significant and much respected figure in the Labour movement and as President of the Stop the War Coalition.

March 7, 2014