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Tributes to Nelson Mandela from leading politicians have continued today after his death, aged 95.
President Jacob Zuma confirmed this afternoon that Mr Mandela's funeral would take place on December 15th, with a series of memorial services in the preceding week.
David Cameron has signed a book of condolence at South Africa House in central London this morning after declaring the former president a "hero of our time".
Former prime minister Tony Blair praised Mr Mandela’s “generosity of spirit”, and said he had averted a “catastrophe” during the transition from Apartheid.
“He came to represent something that was much more than just about the resolution of the issues of Apartheid and South Africa; he came to represent something quite remarkable for the future of the world and peace and reconciliation of the 21st Century,” he told the Today programme.
His praise was echoed by Ed Miliband, who described Mr Mandela as “the inspirational figure of our age”.
“He has inspired millions of people all around the world and all around our country that when the odds seem stacked against them in any kind of fight for justice, extraordinary things can happen,” the Labour leader told BBC Breakfast.
George Osborne spoke of how the struggle against Apartheid had provided the “backdrop” to his childhood.
“He stands for something much bigger... which is that there can be hope and reconciliation, and I think that's the most extraordinary thing about Nelson Mandela,” the Chancellor said on Today.
But former Tory minister Lord Tebbit broke ranks by describing Mr Mandela as "the leader of an organisation that had begun to resort to terrorism".
A round-up of the political tributes can be read here.
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