MP recovering after emergency brain op

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SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield is recovering after emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Surgeons found the tumour was benign and Mr Blomfield, aged 57, is said to making a good recovery.

His wife Linda McAvan, who is a member of the European Parliament, said the tumour was discovered during a routine examination earlier this week.

“He underwent emergency surgery on Thursday to remove the tumour and I am delighted to say he is now making a good recovery,” she said.

“Paul and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and in particular to the surgical and nursing teams who have been amazing.

“We are lucky to have such fantastic health care in Sheffield.”

Paul’s friend Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, said news of the operation had come as a shock.

“It all came very suddenly - I only found out last night,” he said.

“It is not one of those cases where people knew about it and were keeping it to themselves.

“Paul has done an absolutely brilliant job since he became an MP - he works extremely hard for his constituency and in Parliament as well, as I have seen for myself.

“We are all hoping he comes through this, and our thoughts are with him and we are wishing him a speedy recovery.

“We want him back as soon as possible.”

Linda said Paul and his family were asking for privacy so that he can have time to concentrate fully on his recovery.

Paul was elected as MP in May 2010 after a closely fought battle against leader of Sheffield Council Paul Scriven.

Coun Scriven said that, while Paul had been his political opponent, he was also a friend.

“My thoughts are with Paul, Linda and their family at this time.

“I send them best wishes for a speedy recovery and I hope he is back representing his constituency as soon as possible,” he said.