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The Catholic Labour MP Paul Goggins underwent emergency surgery yesterday after collapsing while out running with his son on Monday.
Mr Goggins, 60, was said to be “seriously ill” in Salford Royal hospital today. His wife, Wyn, and their three adult children have asked for prayers and privacy.
Mr Goggins co-founded the All-Party Parliamentary Friends of Cafod, the Catholic aid agency, and is a former national director for Church Action on Poverty.
Cafod tweeted yesterday: “We pray for our good friend Paul Goggins MP, and we thank God he is surrounded by his loving family during these difficult hours.”
Mr Goggins, who has been MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East since 1997, served as prisons minister in Tony Blair’s Government and as Northern Ireland minister from 2007-10.
Prime Minister David Cameron said his thoughts and prayers were with Mr Goggins and his family.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband said news of Mr Goggins’ illness had shocked his party, and praised him as “one of the most decent, kind and assiduous Members of Parliament”.