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DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds in hospital after fainting at Westminster


Democratic Unionist deputy leader Nigel Dodds is feeling much better after he was rushed to hospital after falling ill at Westminster, the First Minister has said.

He was kept in hospital overnight for observation but hopes to be discharged today, Peter Robinson said.

It is believed Mr Dodds was taken to St Thomas’ hospital close to Westminster after fainting in the House of Commons. It’s understood that South Antrim MP Willie McCrea accompanied him.

The North Belfast MP was in the party's offices when the episode unfolded just before Prime Minister's questions yesterday morning.

Sources reported that he had suffered an acute headache before fainting.

It is understood Mr Dodds (54) is undergoing a series of tests at the Westminster Bridge Road hospital in London.

He was understood to be in a stable condition last night.

DUP leader Peter Robinson said he hoped his party colleague would have a speedy recovery. “I have spoken with Diane this evening, Nigel is in good spirits and is feeling much better,” said the First Minister.

“Everyone in the party wishes him a full and speedy recovery from his illness.

“Nigel and Diane would appreciate some privacy and have no plans to make any further comment at this time,” Mr Robinson added.

Mr Dodds, a former finance minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, is married to sitting DUP MEP Diane Dodds.

A Cambridge graduate, he has been a Member of Parliament for North Belfast since 2001.

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