Tony Benn, Veteran Labour Politician, Seriously Ill In Hospital

Benn is spending his fourth night in hospital
Benn is spending his fourth night in hospital

Tony Benn, the veteran Labour politician, is seriously ill in hospital. The 88-year-old is spending his fourth night in care having been admitted over the weekend.

Benn, who served as a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, entered parliament in 1950 and in a distinguished career oversaw the development of Concorde before being narrowly beaten in the Labour Party's 1981 leadership battle.

A family spokesman said: "Tony Benn was taken to hospital on Saturday evening after feeling unwell. He is currently receiving treatment."

Despite stepping down from Parliament in 2001, Benn remained a staunch opponent of the Gulf War, and has continued to give his regular speech at the Glastonbury festival.