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Friday, June 26, 1998 Published at 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK


Tory leader Hague has surgery

Sinus operation: William Hague

The Conservative Party leader William Hague has undergone surgery for sinusitis, the party has announced.

He had the operation at Darlington Memorial Hospital after suffering an upper respiratory infection and being off work for a week.

The surgery, to drain his sinuses, was carried out under a general anaesthetic and was said to be routine.

Mr Hague was collected by his wife Ffion afterwards to return home to Catterick, Yorkshire.

There had been reports he had been ordered by doctors to ease off his workload and he had cancelled a number of local engagements this week including a visit to the North Yorkshire show at Northallerton.

A party spokesman said Mr Hague was having a course of intravenous antibiotics and was feeling much better. He was expected to make a speedy recovery, he said.

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