Federal Labor MP Fiona Phillips taking leave after surgery

The federal deputy announced that she is taking a long leave of absence after surgery to remove a tumor.

Fiona Phillips, Labor MP for the NSW regional seat of Gilmore, said she would be taking a leave of absence from Parliament.

“Today I was admitted to a hospital in Sydney for surgery to remove a large oral tumor,” she announced on Facebook on Tuesday.

“After the operation, I will take more time in the coming weeks to fully recover at home.

“At this stage I don’t know if the tumor is benign or something more sinister, although the tests have been as good as they can be in the last few months.”

She thanked her medical staff “for their professionalism, dedication and support.”

“It gives me peace of mind that I feel healthy and positive and that I have a very supportive loving family,” she said.

Ms Phillips won the southern NSW seat in a close contest in 2019 and was returned at the 2022 election.

Many colleagues, including ministers Clare O’Neil, Linda Burney and Kristy McBain, wished her a speedy recovery.

“Please do one thing for me today and every day, hug your loved ones, support our most vulnerable; get in touch and make sure they’re OK,” Ms Phillips said.

“I look forward to returning to our wonderful region, to the communities I love, as soon as I can.”

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