Suffolk MP suffering depression granted sick leave

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A Suffolk MP suffering from depression has been given leave from parliamentary duties to help him recover.

Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley's constituency work is to be taken over by his colleagues.

Neighbouring MPs Matthew Hancock and Daniel Poulter will hold surgeries and chief whip Patrick McLoughlin will oversee his office at Westminster.

Mr Ruffley is recovering from "minor injuries" suffered when he was hit by a train at Victoria station on Thursday.

"I have agreed to David's request to put in place a number of measures to ensure that full cover and support for his constituents is put in place pending his return," said Mr McLoughlin.

"Constituents should continue to contact David's House of Commons office in the usual way.

"I will be taking a personal interest in the smooth running of his parliamentary office.

"In the meantime I do hope that people will give him the time and space he needs to make a full recovery."

Christopher Turner, local party chairman, said: "The association has been overwhelmed with messages of support for David.

"We are looking forward to his return to his old self so he can take up his duties again."

Mr Ruffley was taken to hospital for treatment after Thursday's incident and British Transport Police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

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