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West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Sir Robert Smith has Parkinson's disease

Sir Robert Smith
Image caption Sir Robert Smith has represented West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine since 1997

Sir Robert Smith, the MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, has been diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

The 55-year-old Liberal Democrat politician was said to be receiving the "appropriate treatment".

He has represented the constituency since 1997, and intends to continue.

Sir Robert said: "This was not easy news to receive, but it is a condition that can be managed and I plan to make the best I can of it."

He added: "I would like to thank the medical staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for the help I am receiving.

"My colleagues at Westminster and locally are being very supportive, as is my family."

Parkinson's disease is an incurable condition that affects one in 500 people in the UK.

It can cause a tremor, muscle rigidity and slowness of movement.

Sir Robert has been reselected to contest the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine seat for the Lib Dems at the next election.

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