By Kris Jepson
The Labour MP for Blyth Valley, Ronnie Campbell, has been diagnosed with stomach Cancer, but has told ITV News Tyne Tees he is "positive" about the nine week treatment programme and operation ahead of him.
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Mr Campbell begins his chemotherapy tomorrow and will also be taking daily "revolutionary" pills as part of his treatment. The politician, who has represented the North East constituency since 1987, said he feels it is important for him to raise awareness over the threat of stomach Cancer.
Mr Campbell will take a step back from frontline politics over the coming months, but wanted to reassure his constituents that his office is always open.