Glenrothes MSP Tricia Marwick has publicly offered her support to fellow local politician, Lindsay Roy, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Mrs Marwick revealed this week that the town MP had been a huge support to her during her battle with bowel cancer after she was diagnosed in 2013 and she now hopes to be able to repay Mr Roy’s support as he battles his own illness.
As reported in last week’s Gazette, Mr Roy has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and will be staying within the constituency in the coming weeks while undergoing treatment rather than travelling to the House of Commons in London.
Mrs Marwick, presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, did not speak publicly about her own illness at the time of treatment, but since then has said that only those close to her knew she had cancer.
One of those she had confided in was Mr Roy.
The SNP MSP said: “I was so sorry to hear from Lindsay that he has Parkinson’s.
“I noticed a few months ago at a joint meeting he wasn’t his usual self but the diagnosis came as a shock.
“I have no doubt that with the help of his medical regime and his vigour and tenacity he will still be a force to reckon with in the coming years.
“Lindsay and I have a great relationship as MSP and MP for the constituency we share.
“It has been a relationship of mutual respect and our determination that regardless of any political differences our constituents always come first.
“This was best illustrated by our joint campaign to ensure that the out of hours service in Glenrothes was retained, despite the best efforts of Fife Health Board to close it.
“I suspect that both Lindsay and I will look back on that campaign as the best thing we ever achieved in our political careers.
“What most people will not realise that during that long campaign I was very ill, was diagnosed with bowel cancer and then underwent chemotherapy.
“Lindsay was one of the very few people I let know just how ill I was and he gave me his support and help as we planned and then won the campaign.
“I am proud to call him my friend.
“He was there for me when I was ill and I hope I can give him the same support now.”