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Labour MP in hospital with stroke
Rachel Squire
Rachel Squire has previously suffered two brain tumours
The condition of Labour MP Rachel Squire, who is being treated in an Edinburgh hospital after suffering a stroke, is said to be "improving".

The MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, who is 50, is in a high dependency unit after being admitted on Wednesday.

A brain tumour she had battled in December had caused bleeding on the brain, a Labour Party spokeswoman said.

But her office said she is conscious and has been asking for items to be brought in to her, including a book.

Ms Squire, who was elected in 1992, has suffered two brain tumours and is the patron for cancer charity Brain Tumour Action.

The Labour Party spokeswoman added: "Doctors have said it will take two or three weeks before her brain settles down and they can tell how she has been affected by the stroke.

"Everyone in the party hopes she gets better very soon."

Ms Squire has fought to secure regeneration funds for her seat, home to Rosyth dockyard, and also helped to secure the future of a local coal mine.

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