Prime Ministers Questions: Michael Fabricant applauded in Commons after praising his 'wonderful' NHS prostate treatment

Michael Fabricant was cheered in the House of Commons as he revealed he was 'fine' after recently undergoing a prostate operation.

Prime Ministers Questions: Michael Fabricant applauded in Commons after praising his 'wonderful' NHS prostate treatment

But the Lichfield MP demanded an apology from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who stunned the House by appearing to suggest Mr Fabricant had received favourable treatment from the NHS.

During Prime Minister's Questions, Tory MP Mr Fabricant asked Theresa May for assurances that the Government would address shortages of specialist prostate and neurology nurses.

He said: "Eighteen months ago my wonderful doctor, Helen Stokes-Lampard, suggested I have a general 'well man' check up.

"And it's just as well that I did, because the blood test revealed that there could have been, and was, a problem with my prostate, despite the fact that I was symptom free.

"I was immediately referred to the QE Hospital in Birmingham, who were simply wonderful, and after a period of surveillance, I had a prostatectomy back in June.

"But hey, I'm now fine." He was greeted with loud cheers from around the House, while Mrs May said she was happy to see him 'back in his usual position as his normal exuberant self'.

However, Mr Corbyn was roundly booed moments later when he commented: "I too join the Prime Minister in wishing the member for Lichfield well, and obviously hope the treatment he got is the same treatment everyone else got, because we want the same treatment for everyone in our society.

Mr Corbyn was immediately chastised by some Tory MPs. He responded: "It's not controversial, I'm just wishing him well, ok?"

He then apologised to the Speaker for 'starting on such a controversial note'. Mr Fabricant went on to raise a point of order demanding an apology from Mr Corbyn, who said his comments had been misinterpreted.

The exchange also provoked anger on social media. One Twitter user wrote: "Er, did Corbyn just include some inequality snark in his comment about @Mike_Fabricant's prostate treatment? #PMQs"

Mr Fabricant replied: "He did. Completely uncalled for. The #NHS were wonderful."

Three years ago Mr Fabricant raised more than £1,000 for the charity Prostate Cancer UK when he wore a false moustache during Prime Minister's Questions.

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