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Bust celebrates politician's work
Tony Benn and bust
Mr Benn "championed the cause of equality and justice"
A specially-commissioned bust of former Labour MP Tony Benn has been unveiled, commemorating his achievements after more than 50 years in politics.

Mr Benn, who represented Labour in the Bristol south-east constituency from 1950 to 1983, was in Bristol as part of Black History Month.

He joined local politicians and trade unionists for the unveiling at the council house on Monday.

The veteran politician was granted the freedom of Bristol in 2003.

After the unveiling Mr Benn was due to deliver a talk at the John Wesley Chapel in Horsefair, Broadmead, on the theme of Racism: Legacy of Empire, as part of events marking Black History Month.

Simon Cook, deputy leader of Bristol City Council, said: "Mr Benn's contribution to the cause of equality and justice in Bristol is well-documented and it is entirely fitting that we should unveil this bust to mark our gratitude for the public service he has given over many years to the people of our city.

"I am delighted that he has been able to make this trip and am pleased to be able to welcome him back to Bristol."

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