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Tory chief whip suffering from MS

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Jan 24 2003
Tory chief Whip David Maclean has revealed he has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for the last five years.

Mr Maclean, 49, has the progressive form of the disease but is determined to continue with his Westminster work.

The MP for Penrith and The Border said he had made his condition public because of speculation over his worsening condition.

"I firmly believe that hard work is the only way to tackle an illness like this one," Mr Maclean said .

"I have been fighting this for five years now and I am not going to let it slow me down in doing my job.

"Nor does stress make it any worse. In fact, during the terrible time of foot-and-mouth I never felt physically better.

"I also passionately believe that if I am going to fight for my constituents in Westminster then I have to have the guts to face my own difficulties and overcome them."

Mr Maclean was elected MP for Penrith and The Border in 1983 and served as a minister for eight years under Lady Thatcher and John Major, most notably at the Home Office.
 
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Maclean reveals MS fight

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Friday January 24, 11:53 AM

Tory chief whip David Maclean has vowed to fight on after disclosing that he is suffering from multiple sclerosis.

The MP for Penrith and the Border revealed on Friday he has been suffering from the disease for the last five years.

Maclean, 49, said he had decided to go public in order to end speculation over his worsening condition.

He has the progressive form of the disease which is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults and affects around 85,000 people.

Although the exact cause of the condition is unknown, it appears to result from a malfunction of the immune system.

Symptoms include tiredness, loss of limb control and eye problems.

Maclean said he was determined not to be beaten by MS or let it affect his work in Westminster.

"I firmly believe that hard work is the only way to tackle an illness like this one," he said.

"I have been fighting this for five years now and I am not going to let it slow me down in doing my job. Nor does stress make it any worse.

"In fact, during the terrible time of foot-and-mouth I never felt physically better.

"I also passionately believe that if I am going to fight for my constituents in Westminster then I have to have the guts to face my own difficulties and overcome them."

 
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