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Shadow Labor Minister Wes Streeting has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, he confirmed in a video on Twitter.
The Ilford North MP said the news has been a “huge shock”, but doctors have said he can expect a full recovery.
The 38-year-old said a lump was discovered while he was in hospital to be treated for a kidney stone in March.
Streeting is a rising star in the Labor Party and was appointed Secretary of State by Keir Starmer for Child Poverty in a reshuffle last week.
In the video, Streeting thanked Labor friends, family and activists for their support and added: “Although the diagnosis of cancer at the age of 38 has been a huge shock, the good news is that due to kidney stones it has detected cancer soon, my prognosis is very good and I should recover completely.
“But it means I have to take time off for treatment.”
I want to share some personal news.
By the end of next week, I will be out of work for a while while I am about to receive treatment for kidney cancer in safe hands from the NHS.
Personal statement: pic.twitter.com/kUk1kqb0BM
– MP from Wes Streeting (@wesstreeting) May 14, 2021
“I want to give a huge thank you to my family, close friends and colleagues who supported me during what has been a really difficult period.
“And I also want to thank all the Labor candidates and activists I joined at the door because, unknowingly, they changed my difference during the really difficult time, getting rid of things and helping me. to break normally.
“I will be taking time off at the end of next week and during that time, if you are a member of Ilford North and need my help as a local MP, you should continue to contact my office normally and with my brilliant team of the staff will be there to help you.
“But in the meantime I will follow the orders of the doctors.
“My family has made it very clear, and in fact, so has Keir that I won’t be back until I’ve fully recovered.”
Starmer was among those who wished Streeting well. He tweeted: “The thinking of the whole Labor Party is with Wes and his family at this difficult time. Wes is a friend and co-worker and I know he will come back from this even stronger and more determined than ever.
“I can’t wait to see him in parliament again as soon as possible.”
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