Published: 19:29, 26 June 2020
| Updated: 21:24, 26 June 2020
Hundreds of messages have flooded in on social media from constituents and fellow politicians after a Kent MP revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch shared her diagnosis in a personal statement on Facebook on Wednesday.
The former sports minister has since been inundated with messages wishing her well, including Canterbury's Labour MP Rosie Duffield, who said: "Sending love and support Tracey x"
Ms Crouch, from Aylesford, will receive treatment from staff at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW) who said: "We’re with you all the way."
Close friend and Conservative colleague Helen Grant, the MP for Maidstone and the Weald whose husband was treated for cancer by the team at MTW a couple of years ago, says she knows Tracey will receive the very best care from the really fantastic team.
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, sent his best wishes along with the foreign secretary Dominic Raab who simply said "stay strong, thinking of you".
But it's not just politicians routing for her speedy recovery. Dedicated Spurs fan Ms Crouch has even received a special message from her favourite football team.
On Twitter the Tottenham Hotspur account said: "Everyone at Spurs wishes you a speedy recovery, Tracey."
Constituents have been leaving their political alliances aside with more than 880 leaving supportive comments on Facebook while praising the oncology team at MTW.
One said: "So very sorry to hear of your diagnosis Tracey, you are a brilliant MP and never fail to help us when asked." Another wrote: "You are in such good hands with the wonderful hospital staff. Wishing you a speedy recovery I'm sure you will be back to yourself in no time."
In response, Ms Crouch has thanked everyone for their kind messages saying she is not giving up without a fight. She said: "Thanks for all the wonderfully kind messages. We both really appreciate them. Had a ride before work this morning - got to wave at Parliament from the comfort of my kitchen! The plan is to stay fit, healthy and positive... and make this thing regret taking me on! Back soon..."
Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, tweeted soon after, saying: "Typically brave of my friend @tracey_crouch, who again is thinking of others. I know you will be strong for your family and many of us will do what we can to help."
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