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Denis Healey marks 90th birthday
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Lord Healey in his garden at his home in Alfriston
Former Labour Chancellor Denis Healey has been marking his 90th birthday with a quiet family celebration.

Lord Healey said he would be spending the day with his wife Edna and relatives at their home in Alfriston, near Eastbourne in East Sussex.

The peer, who was born in Mottingham, south London, in 1917, entered politics after the end of World War II.

He served as defence secretary and chancellor but never became prime minister or Labour leader.

The Conservative general election victory in 1983 cost him his deputy leadership and he was made Labour's shadow foreign minister.

He retired from the party leadership in 1987.

Lord Healey told BBC South East Today he had few regrets about his political career.

He said: ""I saved the Labour Party.

"I think without my opposition [Tony] Benn would have won not only the deputy leadership, which I won by a hair's breadth again, but then the leadership and that would have been a disaster for the party."

The former Chancellor celebrates his 90th birthday

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