Lord John Prescott is “over the worst” and “talking” after suffering stroke

Labour giant John Prescott has been rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke.

The former Deputy Prime Minister, 81, was taken by ambulance to Hull Royal Infirmary on Friday, it emerged today.

The peer is “over the worst” and “talking”, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson said.

In a statement, Lord Prescott’s wife Pauline and the family praised medics’ “swift actions”.

“We cannot thank them enough,” it said. “He is receiving excellent care from the NHS.”

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.

“On behalf of the Party I would like to thank the hard-working NHS staff at Hull Royal Infirmary.”

Former PM Tony Blair said: “My thoughts are with John, Pauline and all the family. Hoping very much he gets better soon.”

Theresa May told MPs: “I’m sure the whole House will join me in sending our very best wishes. Our thoughts are with him and his family.”

Mr Johnson added: “He’s talking. And he’s talking incessantly about the great care he’s getting.

“John has been remarkably active and fit and there is no sign of him slowing down. So they want him to get proper rest.”

Born in Prestatyn, North Wales, Lord Prescott was a waiter and steward on the Cunard line.

He worked for the National Union of Seamen then was MP for Hull East from 1970 to 2010.

He was elected Deputy Leader in 1994 and became Deputy PM after Mr Blair’s 1997 landslide.

For 10 years he mediated the troubled pairing of the PM and Chancellor Gordon Brown.

He once took a limo 250 yards to protect ­formidable Pauline’s hair. And when he infamously punched a protestor who “egged” him in 2001, Mr Blair simply told the press, “John is John.”

He was made a life peer in 2010. His son David, 49, works in Jeremy Corbyn’s office.

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