MP has brain tumour

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A NORTHUMBERLAND MP is undergoing medical treatment following the discovery of a brain tumour.

Guy Opperman was admitted to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust last week after feeling unwell in the House of Commons.

He was diagnosed with a non-malignant meningioma. This is a tumour of the meninges, which are the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

The 45-year-old has been moved to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and was expected to undergo surgery either last night or today under the care of renowned surgeon Neil Kitchen.

Speaking from hospital, he said: “I must thank everyone for their messages of support and well-wishes.

“It’s a real boost to know people are thinking of me and I’m very grateful. I remain optimistic and hope all goes well.”

The Conservative MP for the Hexham constituency, who was elected last year, is a qualified barrister who has won a national award for his pro bono work helping volunteers.

He is also a keen amateur jockey.

Among the messages of support is one from Northumberland County Council Leader Jeff Reid.

“It’s shocking news when someone you know gets an illness like that and we all wish him well,” he said.

“Hopefully, Guy will get better and get back to representing the Hexham constituency.”

Hexham Conservative Association Chairman Antony Braithwaite said: “We all wish Guy well and are sure it won’t be long until he is back with us here in Hexham.

“Guy is an excellent local MP and I am sure I speak for everyone in the constituency when I send him our best wishes on a speedy recovery.”