Stephen Gilbert MP diagnosed with Bell's palsy

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Image caption Stephen Gilbert said he was "determined" to continue with his responsibilities

A Cornish MP has revealed he has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, the damage or inflammation of the facial nerve.

Stephen Gilbert, the Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, said it had led to temporary paralysis of muscles on the right side of his face.

There is no known cause of Bell's palsy, which affects one in 5,000 people in the UK.

Mr Gilbert said he was "determined to continue to carry out my responsibilities to my constituents".

He was diagnosed on 5 February at St Thomas' Hospital in London, after the sudden development of the condition overnight.

The MP said he discharged himself that evening to lead a debate in the House of Commons on job losses in the china clay industry in his constituency.

He said: "Like other people affected by this condition, it does make daily life a bit tougher. But I am determined to continue to carry out my responsibilities to my constituents in Parliament and I am hopeful of making a full and speedy recovery."

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