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MP Paul Goggins 'seriously ill' after collapsing while out running
11:57am Wednesday 1st January 2014 in News
MP Paul Goggins, is seriously ill in hospital after collapsing while out running.
The Wythenshawe and Sale East MP was out with his son near his home when he was taken ill.
The 60-year-old was taken by ambulance to Salford Royal Hospital. Reports suggest he has had a stroke.
A statement on behalf of his family said Mr Goggins was receiving the best care and asked for prayers and privacy.
His wife, Wyn, and their three grown-up children are said to be at his bedside at Salford Royal.
Labour leader Ed Miliband called the MP "one of the most decent, kind and assiduous Members of Parliament".
He said: "The news he is seriously ill is a huge shock for people across the Labour Party and for his friends throughout Parliament.
"All of my good wishes and the thoughts of our whole party are with him and his family."
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham MP tweeted: "Thoughts & prayers with my good friend Paul Goggins & his family. A man of total decency, universally loved & respected. Get well soon."
Mr Goggins, who was elected MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East in 1997, served as Minister for Prisons and Probation for two years.
He was also Northern Ireland Office Minister from 2007 to 2010.
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