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MP Wes Streeting reveals he is ‘cancer free’ after kidney removal

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Senior London MP Wes Streeting has revealed he is back at work “cancer free” after a kidney operation.

The MP for Ilford North was serving on Labour’s frontbench when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer earlier this year.

He announced he would be stepping back from frontline politics in May, just days after Sir Keir Starmer had moved him into the role of shadow child poverty secretary.

The 38-year-old said the cancer had been detected early, but described the diagnosis as “an enormous shock”.

Now just a few months later, he has announced he is “cancer free” following a successful operation and treatment.

Mr Streeting had an operation to remove a tumour during which the surgeon made the decision to remove the kidney.

He said: “I’m really pleased to let you know that I’m back at work, fighting fit and cancer-free.

“I just count my lucky stars really. I’ve lost a kidney but I’ve also got rid of the cancer. No chemotherapy, no radiotherapy. I’m just really lucky.

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

He also said he was “overwhelmed” with the response he received after going public and praised the NHS staff who cared for him.

He added: “I also want to say, probably the biggest thanks of all to Ravi Barod, David Cullen and all of the NHS staff at the Royal Free Hospital, who supported me throughout my treatment.

"And also closer to home the NHS staff at King George and Queens Hospitals because they caught the cancer really early and without that early action the conversation we would be having might be a very different one.”

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