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Cann denies health fears

PUBLISHED: 15:05 03 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

IPSWICH MP Jamie Cann today hit back at fears over his health which have surfaced since the General Election.

"I'm back to my fighting weight," he told the Star.

IPSWICH MP Jamie Cann today hit back at fears over his health which have surfaced since the General Election.

"I'm back to my fighting weight," he told the Star.

Colleagues in the Labour Party and other political leaders in the town have been expressing concern about Mr Cann's health over recent months.

Two appearances at the weekend, at a health campaign launch on Friday and the opening of Ross Coates' new conveyancing service on Saturday heightened those concerns.

But today Mr Cann, 55, was upbeat about his health – and said he was looking forward to returning to the House of Commons for the emergency debate on the world situation tomorrow.

"I'm fine," he told the Star. "I had put on a bit of weight some time ago, but now I'm back to my fighting weight."

The news will come as a relief to his friends and colleagues in the town's political circles who had expressed concern about Mr Cann's health.

The Star has spoken to several leading political figures in the town who had been concerned about his health.

"I'm going down to London for the emergency debate tomorrow and then Parliament is due to re-assemble later in the autumn," he said.

"It's a funny time of the year for politicians, but things are getting busier," he said.

Mr Cann has already said this will be his last term as an MP – he will not seek re-election for the town at the next General Election.

He was first elected MP for the town in 1992 after 11 years as the leader of Ipswich Council.

Before his election to the House of Commons, he was deputy headteacher of Handford Hall School.

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