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Injured Labour MP Anne Begg due to fly back to Aberdeen

Anne Begg
Image caption Anne Begg said she was looking forward to coming home

Injured Aberdeen MP Dame Anne Begg is due to be flown to a hospital in her constituency after falling from her wheelchair and breaking her leg and wrist.

The 56-year-old Aberdeen South Labour MP has been cared for in hospital after falling in London last week.

She is being transferred to Aberdeen's Woodend Hospital where she is expected to remain for several weeks.

Dame Anne told BBC Scotland she was looking forward to coming home.

She said she would be able to continue to work from her hospital bed.

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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