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Monday, 9 February, 1998, 06:57 GMT
Tributes pour in for Enoch Powell

Politicians from all parties have been paying tribute to the former Conservative Party politician, Enoch Powell, who died on Sunday at the age of eighty-five.

The prime minister, Tony Blair, said there was no doubting the strength of Mr Powell's convictions.

The former prime minister, Baroness Thatcher, said he had an unswerving devotion to the country which he served so well in war and peace.

But another former prime minister, Edward Heath, declined to make any comment at all - Mr Powell once accused him of betraying the country over Britain's entry into Europe in 1974.

Mr Powell earned notoriety among his political opponents for his views on immigration during the 1960's.

In one speech he warned that unchecked immigration could lead to violence in British cities.

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