The MP for Chatham and Aylseford, Tracey Crouch has announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
In a personal statement on social media, the Conservative MP said:
"Unfortunately I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It came as a bit of a surprise but it has been caught early and I'm now being treated and supported by the excellent team at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust.
"It does mean that it looks unlikely I will physically be in Parliament before summer recess, but I have organised for a proxy vote in my absence and applied to be able to participate virtually as from next week.
"I shall be doing casework and emails, supported by my brilliant team, which I hope reassures constituents that I shall be working hard for them while I undergo treatment."
"I am incredibly competitive but, on this occasion, won't be playing nicely and intend to go into this challenge with my studs up!