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Friday, 25 July 2014

MP Jamie Reed 'out of action' until new year after operation

Copeland's MP is due to be out of action until the new year after undergoing surgery.

Jamie Reed photo
Jamie Reed

Jamie Reed was admitted to hospital on Saturday to have his gall bladder removed, forcing him to miss a west Cumbrian trade mission to Japan and South Korea.

Mr Reed, 39, who has served the constituency since 2005, was due to lead the trip with Britain’s Energy Coast and the UKTI to Asia this week.

The delegation visited South Korea in Mr Reed’s absence, as the country looks to increase its proportion of nuclear energy output from 32 per cent to 59 per cent.

Mr Reed, who is diabetic, announced on social networking site Twitter that he would not be taking part in the trip.

He said: “I was meant to be leading a trade mission to Korea and Japan with UKTI and my local nuclear industry.

“Instead, I’m getting my gallbladder removed.

“So there you go.

“Fantastic care from West Cumberland Hospital so far.”

The shadow health minister is said to be recovering well, though he is expected to remain in the West Cumberland Hospital until the end of the week after undergoing open surgery – rather than keyhole surgery for the procedure.

He tweeted from his hospital bed: “I’ll spare you the gruesome details but point out the first class care from the staff of the West Cumberland Hospital at every stage.”

A spokesman for Mr Reed said: “He is recovering as well as can be expected. We expect him to be in hospital for most of this week.”

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