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    FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 9, 2007, British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott leaves 10 Downing Street after a meeting with the Prime Minister Tony Blair, London.  Prescott has been admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke, according to a statement issued by his family, Monday June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, FILE)

    Ex-British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in Hospital After Suffering a Stroke

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    The sudden incident is likely to send shock reverberations throughout the Labour leadership, among whom Prescott is considered somewhat of a political heavyweight and veteran leader.

    The UK's former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, has been admitted to hospital following an alleged stroke, his family has said. 

    A statement on the 81-year-old senior Labour official's Twitter account said that he was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary on Friday, with the information only now being made public.

    Mr Prescott's family released a public statement praising the "excellent care" Mr Prescott received from the National Health Service (NHS) elaborating that, "we would like to praise the swift actions of the ambulance staff and the doctors and nurses at Hull Royal Infirmary's A&E [accident and emergency] stroke unit." 

    "They have been remarkable and we cannot thank them enough. He is receiving excellent care from the NHS but we would respectfully request at this time that John and our family are given the privacy we need so that he can have the time and space to make a full recovery," the family added. 

    Prescott is most known for filling the seat of Deputy Prime Minister from 1997-2007 and was the member of parliament for Hull East from 1970 until he retired from the job in 2010. He made a surprise return to Britain's political scene in 2015 to act as an adviser to then-Labour party leader, Ed Miliband. 

    After the news was made public, a host of well-wishing MPs released statements of support via Twitter. 

    ​Although Lord Prescott served as Tony Blair's deputy leader for about 10 years following Labour's overwhelming victory in the 1997 elections, he has often criticised the 'New Labour' movement over which Blair presided, often framing himself in opposition as an old-school trade unionist. Prescott has also remained critical of the UK's role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, on record as saying that he doubted the legitimacy of the intelligence suggesting that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The veteran Labour figure has also previously defended incumbent party leader Jeremy Corbyn, including from an accusation that he is in cahoots with foreign governments, which Prescott described as "the dirtiest slur I've seen against any politician." 

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