Election 2015 England

Conservative candidate Heather Wheeler in hospital

Heather Wheeler
Image caption Heather Wheeler hopes to defend her 7,000 vote majority

A Conservative parliamentary candidate has been forced to launch her campaign for re-election from her hospital bed.

Heather Wheeler was admitted to Queen's Hospital in Burton, Staffordshire, for a "resilient infection".

The Derbyshire South candidate said Prime Minister David Cameron had wished her a speedy recovery.

She was initially suspected of having a virus but had to be admitted shortly before she was due to officially launch her campaign on Saturday.

Derbyshire South was a Conservative gain from Labour in 2010, with Ms Wheeler winning a 7,128 vote majority.

It is also being contested by Green candidate Marianne Bamkin, UKIP's Alan Graves, Lib Dem Lorraine Johnson and Labour's Cheryl Pidgeon.

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