North-east MP David Duguid to stand in election amid recovery from serious illness

North-east MP David Duguid has revealed he will be standing in the General Election despite his ongoing recovery from serious illness.

The Scottish Conservative member contracted an illness which affected his spine, leaving him in intensive care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in mid-April.

During that time, the MP acquired pneumonia, and has since moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow to continue his recovery.

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In an update on his social media, Mr Duguid thanked those for their well wishes, as he admitted the snap election had come as a surprise, which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed would take place on July 4 on Thursday.

He has also vowed to ensure it will remain 'business as usual' in his constituency, with the Banff and Buchan representative hoping to retain his seat.

Taking to Facebook, Mr Duguid wrote: "Hello everyone, I want to share some personal news with you and I am sorry to have been out of touch for six weeks but as most of you will know I have been in hospital since April 11.

"Having spent 4 weeks in the Intensive Care Unit in ARI being treated for an illness affecting my spine (during which time I acquired pneumonia) I am now in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Glasgow to complete my recovery.

"The snap election announcement has come as a surprise but it is my intention to stand again for Parliament and if elected I will continue to serve you all with the same commitment and dedication as always.

"In the meantime I would like to thank the elected colleagues who have stood in for me as required. And a very huge thank you to my office team who have ensured and will continue to ensure that it is business as usual in the service of the constituency.

"Thanks also to the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, local activists and volunteers for their steadfast efforts to get me elected as the MP for Aberdeenshire North and Moray East.

"Finally and importantly, to everyone who has sent their well wishes and supported me during this time, I want to say a huge thank you. Your kindness means the world to me."