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Ilford North MP Wes Streeting reveals he is cancer-free after operation

Wes Streeting was promoted to shadow child poverty secretary shortly before he revealed he had cancer in May

The MP for Ilford North has announced he is cancer-free following a successful operation. 

Wes Streeting, 38, revealed he had kidney cancer in the middle of May and took time off work while he underwent treatment. 

Speaking in a video message on Twitter today, he revealed he is “back at work” and “fighting fit”. 

“I just count my lucky stars really,” said Wes. “I’ve lost a kidney but I’ve also got rid of the cancer.

“No chemotherapy, no radiotherapy. I’m just really lucky.

“I’m back, back in action here in Ilford North working for my constituents and back in action in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet too.” 

Wes praised staff at King George and Queen’s hospitals for catching his cancer early and said things could have been different without that initial action. 

He also thanked Ravi Barod, David Cullen and all of the NHS staff at the Royal Free Hospital who supported him during his treatment. 

“I wasn’t expecting anything like the overwhelming response my family and I received when my kidney cancer diagnosis went public,” added Wes. 

“I want to say from the bottom of my heart a massive thank you to everyone who got in touch, friends, family, colleagues but also loads of people I’ve never even met who were generous enough to share their stories about battling cancer generally and kidney cancer specifically, and gave me all sorts of words of encouragement when they really mattered most.”

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