TRIBUTES have poured in from across St Helens to former Labour politician Tony Benn who has died aged 88.
The veteran politician - a hero to those on the left of the Labour Party - polarised opinion across the political spectrum but drew admirers from all walks of life for the way in which he steadfastly stuck to his beliefs.
He made visits to St Helens in the early part of his political career.
Johnny Vegas was quick to Tweet his admiration.
He posted: “So deeply saddened at the news of Tony Benn's passing. A true socialist & a politician who's only vested interest was other people's welfare.”
He added: “RIP Tony Benn. A man who chose to live by his principles, not merely preach them. Politics, indeed life, has lost a true moral champion.”
Former council leader Marie Rimmer, who is seeking the nomination to replace Shaun Woodward as the candidate for St Helens South, commented: “Sad news of #TonyBenn he was full of integrity, principles & inspiration & believed a world of peace & justice was possible #RIPTonyBenn.”
Windle councillor David Baines Tweeted: “Incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Tony Benn. A colossus in the Labour movement & fighter for a fairer world."