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Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has been admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke, his family has said.

The 81-year-old was taken to hospital in Hull last Friday and is receiving “excellent care” from the NHS.

“We would like to praise the swift actions of the ambulance staff and the doctors and nurses at Hull Royal Infirmary’s A&E and stroke unit”, the family statement said.

“They have been remarkable and we cannot thank them enough.

“He is receiving excellent care from the NHS but we would respectfully request at this time that John and our family are given the privacy we need so that he can have the time and space to make a full recovery”.

Former deputy PM John Prescott (L) walks with former British PM Tony Blair on Downing Street in 2004
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Former deputy PM John Prescott (L) walks with former British PM Tony Blair on Downing Street in 2004

The Labour politician, who was born in Wales, served as Tony Blair’s deputy prime minister for 10 years following Labour’s 1997 general election landslide.

Throughout that time, the former trade union activist acted as a conciliator in the often turbulent relationship between Mr Blair and chancellor Gordon Brown.

Mr Prescott also served as the MP for Hull East from 1970 until his retirement in 2010.

It was announced in 2015 that he was making a return to politics as a special adviser to then-Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

Following the news of his stroke, MPs wished Mr Prescott a speedy recovery on social media.

Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey, said: “My first boss in government – get well soon John.”

Wes Streeting, Labour MP for Ilford North and member of the Treasury Committee, said: “Wishing John well – and looking forward to him being back in the tea room giving me a ticking off again soon!”

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, said: “Sad to hear this – wishing John well.”

Andrew Gwynne, Labour MP for Denton and Reddish and shadow secretary of state, said: “Hoping for a speedy recovery. Take care John.”

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