Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has been admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke, his family has said.

The 81-year-old was taken to hospital in Hull last Friday and is receiving “excellent care” from the NHS.

“We would like to praise the swift actions of the ambulance staff and the doctors and nurses at Hull Royal Infirmary’s A&E and stroke unit”, the family statement said.

“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”.

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The Labour politician, who was born in Wales, served as the UK’s deputy prime minister from 1997 to 2007.

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