Tributes pour in for Tory MP Tracey Crouch who has breast cancer
Well-wishers send wave of support to former sports minister Tracey Crouch as she reveals she has been diagnosed with breast cancer
- Tory MP Tracey Crouch announced on Wednesday that she has breast cancer
- The Chatham and Aylesford MP revealed that the cancer has been caught early
- Political figures have sent her supportive messages, include Carrie Symonds
Messages of support have been sent to Tory MP Tracey Crouch, who announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 44-year-old, who represents Chatham and Aylesford constituency in Kent, revealed that the cancer has been caught early and is receiving treatment from the NHS.
Ms Crouch was sports minister between 2017 and 2018 in Theresa May’s government, with the MP saying she will tackle this ‘challenge with my studs up’.
Tracey Crouch (pictured), Tory MP for Chatham and Aylesford in Kent, announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer
In a personal statement, the MP said: ‘Unfortunately I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It came as a bit of a surprise but it has been caught early and I’m now being treated and supported by the excellent team at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust.
‘It does mean that it looks unlikely I will physically be in Parliament before summer recess, but I have organised for a proxy vote in my absence and applied to be able to participate virtually as from next week.
‘I shall be doing casework and emails, supported by my brilliant team, which I hope reassures constituents that I shall be working hard for them while I undergo treatment.’
Ms Crouch has held the seat in Chatham and Aylesford since 2010 and won with a majority of over 18,000 votes in the General Election last December.
In February 2016, she gave birth to a young son and was the first Conservative minister to take maternity leave.
Ms Crouch held the role as sports minister between 2017 and 2018 under Theresa May’s government
Ms Crouch added:’I am incredibly competitive but, on this occasion, won’t be playing nicely and intend to go into this challenge with my studs up.
‘For my sake and that of my other half and young son, I intend to remain positive but would be grateful for your understanding and respect for my privacy on this particular matter over the coming weeks and months.’
Ms Crouch also used her recent diagnosis to appeal to members of the public to ‘check their bits and bobbins’ during the global pandemic and not to be scared of going to your GP despite coronavirus fears.
Ms Crouch has a partner and a young son, who was born in February 2016, and she became the first Conservative minister to ever take maternity leave
She said: ‘There is a concern that during the coronavirus pandemic people have not been going to their GP for fear of ‘being a burden during this busy time’, catching Covid-19 or mistakenly thinking that their local doctors isn’t open.
‘The key to a better cancer outcome is catching it early so please, if you are worried, talk to your doctor.’
Ms Crouch’s diagnosis has seen several of her Parliamentary colleagues come together to show their support for her in these testing times.
Several political figures sent Ms Crouch messages of support, including the Prime Minister’s fiancé Carrie Symonds (pictured)
Hannah Bardell, SNP MP for Livingston, said: ‘Awful news @tracey_crouch but having played alongside you in the parliament footie team I know how competitive you are and that you’ll fight this with everything you’ve got. The team will be there to cheer you on all the way. Everything crossed x’
Labour MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant tweeted: ‘Here’s wishing the wonderful @tracey_crouchwell. Lots of people across the party divide rooting for her as she did for me.’
The Prime Minister’s fiancé Carrie Symonds described her as ‘one of the best people’ and wished her well.
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