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Date: Friday 14 March 2014

‘An inspiring figure and a true friend’ UNISON Scotland’s tribute to Tony Benn

Commenting on the death of Tony Benn UNISON Scottish Secretary, Mike Kirby said: “We have lost a true friend. Tony  Benn was always a stalwart defender of Public Services and the rights of the workers of who provide them

“An abiding memory for many of us will be his speech at the STUC’s People First March in Oct 2011. After marching through Glasgow in the worst rain imaginable Benn gave a marvellous spirit lifting address.

"It was a short speech but it contained all of the elements that made him such a great campaigner - the historical grasp, the wit, the commitment to democracy and the unshakeable belief that working together we can change the world we live in.

"This is a sad day - but over the course of a long life was Tony Benn was and will remain an inspiring figure“


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