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Ilford North MP Wes Streeting announces he has kidney cancer

Mr Streeting will be taking a step back from work while he recovers 

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting has announced he has kidney cancer. 

The 38-year-old said the diagnosis came as an “enormous shock” but he is glad it was caught early. 

Mr Streeting will be taking time off work from the end of next week and until he has made a full recovery. 

It comes less than a week after he was promoted to the role of shadow child poverty secretary on Labour’s frontbench. 

Speaking in a video message on Twitter, Mr Streeting said: “Back in early March I went into hospital with a kidney stone and at the time a scan identified a lump on the same kidney.

“Around a month later in April unfortunately that lump was diagnosed as kidney cancer.

“While receiving a cancer diagnosis at the age of 38 has come as an enormous shock, the good news is because of that kidney stone the cancer has been caught early, my prognosis is very good and I should make a full recovery.” 

The leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, said: “The thoughts of the whole Labour Party are with Wes and his family at this difficult time.

“Wes is a friend and a colleague and I know he’ll come back from this even stronger and more determined than ever before. I can’t wait to see him back in Parliament as soon as possible.”

Mr Streeting explained he will be taking time off work from the end of next week. 

He added: “During that time if you are an Ilford North constituent and you need my help as your local MP you should continue to contact my office as normal and my brilliant team of staff will be there to support you.

“In the meantime, I am going to be following doctors orders. My family have made it very clear and actually so has Keir that I will not be coming back until I have made a full recovery.”

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