Nick Robinson set to return to election trail after operation to remove tumour from lung is a 'complete success'

Writing in a blog offering advice to voters, the 51-year-old thanked doctors and nurses at the Royal Brompton and Royal Free

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Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, has said he hopes to return to the election trail soon after an operation to remove a tumour from his lung was a “complete success”.

Mr Robinson, who announced in February that he was undergoing treatment for lung cancer, said the operation had gone well and “normal service will be resumed as soon as possible”.

Writing in a blog offering advice to voters on the BBC’s website, the 51-year-old thanked doctors and nurses at the Royal Brompton and Royal Free hospitals for looking after him.

He said: “I am now beginning a course of chemotherapy to try to stop the cancer even daring to think of returning. I’m also working to restore the strength of my voice after the op.

“Many thanks to all the doctors and nurses who have been, and are, looking after me – particularly at the Royal Brompton and Royal Free hospitals.” The journalist said the blog was a “baby step towards returning to work and covering the election.”

 

Robinson used his blog to send a message to voters: “It’s all about you. Not them. You. Rarely has there been a choice so wide or one with an impact which could be so dramatic.”

Robinson wrote that Ed Miliband and David Cameron have “profoundly different values and profoundly different ideas about what being prime minister involves.”

“Cameron sees himself as a man capable of taking decisions, who is not weighed down by ideology. His critics say that, all too often, that means that he takes decisions that suit the sort of people he grew up with, and he has no real idea where he's taking the country.”

“Miliband, on the other hand, privately sees himself as a man with a mission to bring about lasting change in his country and to re-write the rules. Another Clement Attlee or Margaret Thatcher in other words. His critics argue that he too is the prisoner of the views he grew up with, and that he does not have the leadership skills needed to run the country.”

Mr Robinson also offered “heartfelt thanks too to the many people who have been in touch with their good wishes.”

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