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Labour MP Anne Begg injured in wheelchair fall

Anne Begg
Image caption Anne Begg was the first wheelchair-using MP at Westminster

Aberdeen South MP Dame Anne Begg is being treated in hospital for a broken leg and wrist after falling from her wheelchair.

The 56-year-old Labour MP is being cared for in hospital after falling in London.

It is understood she will not be in a position to attend the House of Commons for some time.

However, she told BBC Scotland she was not going to let the accident get in the way of her work.

The MP was born with Gauchers Disease, a genetic condition that causes bones to break easily.

She has been an MP since 1997 and was the first full-time wheelchair user to be voted into Westminster.

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to disabled people and equal opportunities in the 2011 New Year Honours.

Dame Anne formally received her honour at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

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