Labour's Wes Streeting has declared he is fighting fit after undergoing successful treatment for kidney cancer.

The frontbench MP said he "counts my lucky stars" to be cancer free and able to return to work following a successful operation to remove his kidney.

Mr Streeting, 38, announced in May that he was taking time off work for treatment - less than a week after he was promoted to Shadow Child Poverty Secretary.

Doctors had found a lump on his kidney when he was in hospital for a kidney stone scan in early March.

It was later found to be cancerous.

Wes Streeting said he was returning to work after cancer treatment
Wes Streeting said he was returning to work after cancer treatment

In the video message on Tuesday, Mr Streeting said: “I'm really pleased to let you know that I'm back at work, fighting fit and cancer-free.

"I just count my lucky stars really. I've lost a kidney but I've also got rid of the cancer. No chemotherapy, no radiotherapy.

"I'm just really lucky. So, I'm back, back in action here in Ilford North working for my constituents and back in action in Labour ’s Shadow Cabinet too.”

Mr Streeting also thanked the NHS staff for catching his cancer early, adding: "Without that early action the conversation we would be having might be a very different one.”

The former president of the National Union of Students has risen through Labour's ranks under Keir Starmer's leadership.

He was appointed to as a Shadow Treasury Minister when Mr Starmer took over last year, before moving to the Shadow Schools team.

Mr Streeting was then named as Shadow Secretary for Child Poverty in May.

He was an outspoken critic of former leader Jeremy Corbyn over handling of claims of antisemitism in the party.