"It is with great sadness that I have to inform Triumph Motorcycle enthusiasts across the world that 88 year old Tony Benn passed away peacefully in his sleep on 14th March 2014, his family at his bedside.
Without Tony Benn's total support as Labour Government Secretary of State for Industry, the "Meriden Co-op" would never have had the chance to demonstrate what a totally committed group of British workers could achieve with the support a true conviction politician. Tony not only believed in the potential and commitment of the Triumph Meriden workforce, but as a "Minister of State" invested in them! The result of this "belief and investment" was that Triumph enthusiasts across the world were provided with new classic Triumph twin cylinder motorcycles that would otherwise not have seen the light of day!
All who knew Tony Benn and those who only knew of the massive contribution he had made during his very active 50 years in British socialist political life, recognized that his was not the normal politicians' "political life"! He certainly did not mellow, become less militant regarding the socialist principles he had always believed in, and as the years passed by he became more committed and principled not less, he will be sadly missed.
Our sincere thoughts are with his family at this sad time."
(Former Chairman of the Meriden Workers' Co-op).