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MP Field 'collapsed at meeting'

Veteran Labour MP Frank Field is in hospital after falling ill on Friday evening.

A statement from Labour said: "Frank Field was taken ill last night. He is now in hospital and responding well to treatment."

Paramedics were called to Highfield Church in Rock Ferry, Birkenhead shortly after 7.15pm.

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said: "I can confirm that we got a call about 19.17 yesterday and we took a male patient to the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital."

Mr Field, 72, is thought to have collapsed during a meeting to campaign against the demolition and sell-off of the former Rock Ferry High School buildings, playing fields and woodlands.

A post on the Save Rock Ferry High School & Woodlands Facebook page, from a woman named Alison and the Ravenswood neighbourhood group, said: " A few people have been asking if we know anything about the condition of Frank Field who collapsed at last night's meeting.

"I was told he was sitting up and okay but he was being taken to hospital for a check-up. I also saw the ambulance arrive so that is likely to have been the case."

It added: "We wish Mr Field well and a speedy recovery."

Mr Field was elected to the Commons to represent Birkenhead in 1979.

Between 1980 and 1981 he served as shadow education and social security spokesman under Michael Foot, and from 1997 to 1998 he was minister for welfare reform in Tony Blair's first cabinet.

Fellow politicians spoke of their concern for the long-standing MP on social media.

Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said: "Sorry to hear Frank Field, Labour MP, has collapsed. I hope he's OK - I have a lot of time for Frank."

Nadhim Zahawi, Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon, added: "Wishing Frank Field a speedy recovery. One of the nicest most decent human beings I have had the privilege to meet."

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