In 2006 we were about to go on strike over pensions in local government. As my workplace was Kensington Town Hall, my partner Andrew suggested phoning Tony Benn to see if he would come to the picket line as it was local. Naturally, Tony agreed. On the day he arrived before 8am but kept holding his jaw. He had cracked a tooth that morning, and had an emergency appointment with his dentist, but still came along, and sat on the steps of the Town Hall talking to members and reps. He stayed for about an hour, and it gave everyone a real boost.