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Northampton South MP Brian Binley to undergo cancer treatment

Northampton South MP, Brian Binley Credit: ITV Anglia

Northampton South MP Brian Binley has revealed he is to undergo chemotherapy to treat low grade lymphoma , a type of cancer. The Conservative MP is due to start the treatment later this month.

He said doctors have told him his hair may fall out and he wanted to let his constituents know why. The MP says he has "nothing but praise for the staff at Northampton General Hospital" and he is "fully confident" that his condition is manageable and the treatment will result in remission.

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PM branded a "Chambermaid" by Northampton MP

Under fire: David Cameron Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

David Cameron has come under fire from another of the region's MPs.

Northampton South MP Brian Binley branded the Prime Minister a "chambermaid" for the Conservatives' coalition partners.

Mr Binley said what the Government actually needed was a major change of direction

In a post on his website, he wrote: "What the country, the Conservative party and the captain of the ship needs now is not so much a reshuffle as a rethink.

"Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic will do nothing to alter the impression that the ship has lost its way."

He said Mr Cameron needed to change his relationship with the Lib Dems and also build bridges with disaffected Conservatives.

He criticised Mr Cameron for agreeing to the "self-indulgent lunacy" of the Lib Dems.

"The country needs a full-time Prime Minister and not a chambermaid for a marginal, irrelevant pressure group who have got him in a virtual arm-lock with a constant stream of threats to abandon ship."

Mr Binley, treasurer of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories, said the Prime Minister should repair the damage in his relationship with the party's grassroots.

Northampton South MP Mr Binley's intervention follows the criticism of Mr Cameron from senior Conservative Tim Yeo, who questioned the Prime Minister's political courage over the issue of a third runway at Heathrow.