MP recovering after operation

MP Andrew Stephenson at the Pendle Jobs Fair.
MP Andrew Stephenson at the Pendle Jobs Fair.
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Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has undergone surgery this week to remove his gallbladder.

The operation is a continuation of the treatment he received in hospital in December last year when he was taken in on Christmas Day complaining of severe abdominal pains which were found to be caused by swelling of the gallbladder.

Mr Stephenson is said to be in a bit of pain but in good spirits after the operation and is looking forward to getting back to work as quickly as possible.

Coun. Joe Cooney, Leader of Pendle Conservatives, said: “Andrew had his gallbladder removed on Tuesday.

“He is expecting to be in hospital for the next couple of days before recovering at home.

“Andrew is in regular contact with both his constituency office and parliamentary office.

“We have cancelled his weekend engagements for this week but we are waiting to see about next week if anything needs to be cancelled.

“Andrew would like to thank everyone for all their kind words and best wishes.”

It is Mr Stephenson’s second operation in as many years after he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery to remove his appendix in 2014.