Northumberland Tory MP battling brain tumour

HEXHAM MP Guy Opperman is to undergo medical treatment for a brain tumour.

Guy Opperman, Hexham MP

HEXHAM MP Guy Opperman is to undergo medical treatment for a brain tumour.

The Conservative MP went into Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, in London, last Tuesday after feeling unwell in the House of Commons.

Mr Opperman, 45, has been diagnosed with a non malignant Meningioma. This is a tumour of the meninges, which are the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord. His office say doctors expect the MP to make a full recovery.

The MP has said he hopes to be back to his job as soon as possible.

Speaking from hospital, he said: “I feel fine and the doctors and nurses are doing an excellent job. St Thomas’ is a brilliant NHS hospital so I’m in good hands.”

A spokesman for Mr Opperman said he continues to work closely with his staff to ensure he maintains his service to his constituents. The MP can be contacted as usual through his Constituency Office.

Hexham Association Chairman Antony Braithwaite last night led the warm messages for Mr Opperman.

He 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.”

It brings a temporary halt to the MP’s increasing workload. Mr Opperman has recently taken up the case of Northumberland County Council workers fighting to secure a fair pay packet.

He has also set up his own task force to ensure the views of local firms and North East employers are heard in Parliament.

Mr Opperman is chairman of the North East Business Task Force set up to boost the area’s economy.

Last night Sayeeda Warsi, Conservative Party Chairman, said: “Guy is a great MP who works extremely hard for the people of Hexham. We all wish him a speedy recovery.”

Northumberland County Council leader Jeff Reid has said he hopes for a speedy recovery. The Liberal Democrat said: “It’s terrible news for Guy, regardless of any political differences I really hope that he has a full and speedy recovery. We all wish him well and he is in our thoughts.” Alan Campbell, Tynemouth MP, led wellwishes from the Labour side.

The chair of the Northern group of Labour MPs said: “I am sorry to hear of his condition, as I’m sure many will be, and I wish him all the best.”

Mr Opperman is a qualified barrister who has won a national award for his pro bono work helping volunteers. As well as many personal injury claims he has also worked on high profile clinical negligence claims.

He is also a keen amateur jockey and judged the Light Horse Championship at this year’s Northumberland County Show.

The MP was elected last year, taking over from Conservative Peter Atkinson.

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