Former deputy PM John Prescott suffers stroke

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Former deputy prime minister and Labour veteran John Prescott has been admitted to hospital after bear a motion, his family has said.

A statement on the 81 -year-old’s Twitter account said he was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary on Friday.

He is “over the worst” and “talking”, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson told the BBC.

Ex-PM Tony Blair said his thoughts were with Lord Prescott, including: “Hoping very much that he gets better soon.”

A statement from the family of Lord Prescott said the hospital staff had been “remarkable and we cannot thank them enough”.