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Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell positive about stomach Cancer treatment

Labour MPs Vernon Coaker, Ronnie Campbell and Dennis Skinner Photo: PA

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.

"I’m being very positive, Professor Griffin is positive, his team is positive and they make you positive and that's the beauty of how they treat you in the health service. It hasn't spread to any other parts of my body, they're free so therefore I've got half a chance. And as I said to Mr Griffin I’ll have 20 pounds each way on that!"

– Ronnie Campbell MP, Labour, Blyth Valley

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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.

"It's very important. Some of my mates and friends have actually died of Cancer. The big, big changes, get to the doctors, if you have any change in your circumstances, your stomach, your bowel, your prostate, they’re the big ones, anything like that, any change, you must get it checked out, because if you don’t get it checked out it just festers and gets worse and spreads."

– Ronnie Campbell MP, Labour, Blyth Valley

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.

"I’ll be around, but I’m not going to parliament, I’ve been relieved of my duties in parliament, unless there's a crucial vote which I’ll get down on my hands and knees, but I’ll always be knocking around somewhere, but I’m afraid I’ll have to take a sickie."

– Ronnie Campbell MP, Labour, Blyth Valley