Federal Labor MP Fiona Phillips taking leave after surgery

A federal MP has announced that she will take an extended leave of absence following surgery to remove a tumor.

Fiona Phillips, Labor MP for the regional electorate of Gilmore in New South Wales, said she would take a leave of absence from Parliament.

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

“After the operation, I will take a lot of time over the next few weeks to fully recover at home.

“At this point, I don’t know if the tumor is benign or if it is something more serious, although the tests over the last few months have been as good as they could be.”

She thanked her doctors “for their expertise, commitment and support.”

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

Ms Phillips won the southern New South Wales seat in a close contest in 2019 and was re-elected at the 2022 election.

Several 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, reach out to them and make sure they are OK,” Ms Phillips said.

“I look forward to getting back to our beautiful region as soon as possible and visiting the communities that are so dear to my heart.”

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