Though he had been ill for some time, I think Tony Benn’s death was more of a shock than Bob Crow’s, possibly because he has been a fixture for so long I just sort of assumed he would always be around.
I saw him speak a few times but only met him once, at a fund-raising event for Emily in Shoreham before the last general election. That same evening one of our young members from Horsham was there, bringing along his copy of Arguments for Democracy to get it signed. I was impressed that he could still generate such hero worship from teenagers.
I have met a few well-known politicians and other famous people in my time but I think that meeting Tony Benn was the only time I have really been starstruck.