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Wes Streeting returns to Labour front bench after cancer all-clear

Labour MP Wes Streeting has announced he is returning to Keir Starmer's front bench after being declared cancer-free by doctors.

The Ilford North MP said he is 'counting his lucky stars' following successful treatment for kidney cancer.

Mr Streeting announced he was stepping back from duties in May, less than a week after he was promoted to the shadow cabinet in the child poverty brief.

The 38-year-old confirmed that an operation to remove his kidney was successful and he is now feeling well enough to return to work.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said he is 'counting his lucky stars' following successful treatment for kidney cancer

In a video posted on social media, Mr Streeting thanked NHS staff at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London, for supporting him through his treatment

In a video posted on social media, Mr Streeting thanked NHS staff at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London, for supporting him through his treatment, along with Ilford's King George and Queen's Hospitals for detecting the 'cancer really early'.

He said: 'Without that early action the conversation we would be having might be a very different one.

'So, 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.

'You'll be hearing lots more from me in the coming days, weeks and months and I can't wait to get cracking.'

Mr Streeting, a former president of the National Union of Students, is regarded as one of Labour's rising stars.

He was an outspoken critic of former leader Jeremy Corbyn over his failure to tackle antisemitism in the party and was one of the shadow ministers who toured the broadcast studios to defend Sir Keir following Labour's poor showing during the 'Super Thursday' local elections in May.

Mr Streeting announced he was stepping back from duties in May, less than a week after he was promoted to the shadow cabinet by Keir Starmer (pictured in Blackpool this month) 

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