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Sunday, 8 February, 1998, 13:54 GMT
Enoch Powell Dead

The British politician, Enoch Powell, has died in hospital at the age of eighty-five.

Mr Powell became a Conservative party member of parliament after a spell as a university teacher and 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, and that rivers of blood would flow as a result.

The Prime Minister Tony Blair led tributes to Mr Powell by describing him as a great and gifted figure, no matter how much he disagreed with his views; campaigners for immigrants rights said, however, that Enoch Powell had appealed to the lowest denominator in British politics.

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