Marr recovering from stroke

Broadcaster Andrew Marr is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke, according to the BBC. The journalist and television presenter was taken ill on Tuesday, the corporation said.

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Andrew Marr Show wishes eponymous presenter a 'speedy recovery'

The Andrew Marr Show opened with the following statement wishing the programme's presenter a speedy recovery.

BBC News' deputy political editor, James Landale, is standing in for Andrew Marr who is recovering from a stroke.

Hello and good morning. It would of course be a better morning if Andrew were here and not me, but I'm keeping the chair warm while he is away getting better.

We all look forward to his speedy recovery and wish him and his family well and all the best in the meantime.

– James Landale

Around 150,000 Britons a year suffer stroke

Around 150,000 people have a stroke each year in the UK with about a quarter of these in people of working age, according to the Stroke Association.

Its director of communications, Joe Korner, said:

We are deeply saddened to hear about Andrew Marr's stroke and our thoughts are with him and his family at this hard time.

A stroke happens in an instant but the effects can often last a lifetime.

However with the right care and support it is possible to make a recovery and return to a life after stroke.


Journalists and politicians wish Marr well

Many of Andrew Marr's colleagues in the media took to Twitter to express their sympathy.

Fellow BBC politics presenter Andrew Neil wrote:

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee tweeted:

Former Tory MP Louise Mensch said:

BBC's Andrew Marr in hospital following stroke

The BBC's Andrew Marr is said to be 'responding well to treatment' following a stroke. Credit: Press Association

BBC presenter Andrew Marr has suffered a stroke and is receiving treatment in hospital.

A statement released by the BBC reads: "Andrew Marr was taken ill yesterday and taken to hospital. The hospital confirmed he has had a stroke. His doctors say he is responding to treatment. His family have asked for their privacy to be respected as he recovers.

"We will continue to broadcast The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4’s Start The Week with guest presenters in his absence. His colleagues and the whole BBC wish him a speedy recovery.”

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