Andrew Marr: Broadcaster thanks well-wishers for messages

Andrew Marr Marr joined the BBC as political editor in May 2000

Andrew Marr has sent a "huge thank you" to well-wishers, saying he is "on the mend" as he continues to recover from a stroke in hospital.

The broadcaster said the goodwill messages had been "truly wonderful", adding he was looking forward to returning to work in due course.

He was speaking on the phone to the Marr Show's production team.

BBC One's Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4's Start The Week are being broadcast with guest presenters in his absence.

Born in Glasgow, the 53-year-old began his career in journalism on The Scotsman newspaper in 1981, later moving to London to become its political correspondent.

He was part of the team which launched The Independent in 1986, later becoming its editor.

He joined the BBC as political editor, in May 2000.

Marr has also presented a number of history programmes along with his politics show and has had five books published.

Marr is married to journalist Jackie Ashley and has three children.

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