Politicians, trade unionists and anti-war campaigners gathered in Westminster for the funeral of veteran Labour politician Tony Benn.

After lying in rest at the Palace of Westminster's Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, the left-wing campaigner's coffin was carried by his sons and grandsons into St Margaret's church.

Born Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn in London on 3 April 1925, Tony Benn served as an MP for 47 years. He died on 14 March 2014 at the age of 88.

A mourner holds a photograph of Tony Benn as he attends the veteran Labour politician's funeral at St Margaret's Church in Westminster
A mourner holds a photograph of Tony Benn as he attends the veteran Labour politician's funeral at St Margaret's Church in WestminsterAFP
Tony Benn's sons Stephen and Hillary help to carry their father's coffin into Saint Margaret's Church in Westminster
Tony Benn's sons Stephen and Hillary help to carry their father's coffin into Saint Margaret's Church in WestminsterReuters
A woman raises her fist in salute as Tony Benn's coffin is carried into the grounds of Westminster Abbey
A woman raises her fist in salute as Tony Benn's coffin is carried into the grounds of Westminster AbbeyGetty
Those who paid their respects to Tony Benn at his funeral included Ed Miliband and his wife Justine Thornton, Labour MP Dame Margaret Beckett and Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell
Those who paid their respects to Tony Benn at his funeral included Ed Miliband and his wife Justine Thornton, Labour MP Dame Margaret Beckett and Conservative MP Andrew MitchellAFP
George Galloway MP and former London mayor Ken Livingstone
George Galloway MP and former London mayor Ken LivingstoneAFP
Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner and former president of National Union of Mineworkers Arthur Scargill
Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner and former president of National Union of Mineworkers Arthur ScargillReuters / AFP
Gerry Adams, president of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein, and Martin McGuinness, deputy first minister of Northern Ireland
Gerry Adams, president of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein, and Martin McGuinness, deputy first minister of Northern IrelandAFP
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls and former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Heseltine
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls and former Conservative cabinet minister Michael HeseltineGetty
Cherie Blair,, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, and Alastair Campbell, former Labour Party director of communications
Cherie Blair,, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, and Alastair Campbell, former Labour Party director of communicationsAFP / Reuters
A cap covered in campaign badges is seen outside the church
A cap covered in campaign badges is seen outside the churchAFP
Tony Benn's coffin is carried past Trade Union banners
Tony Benn's coffin is carried past Trade Union bannersAFP
Tony Benn's sons and grandsons carry his coffin out of St Margaret's Church following his funeral
Tony Benn's sons and grandsons carry his coffin out of St Margaret's Church following his funeralGetty