Heseltine recuperates

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DOCTORS treating Michael Heseltine will decide this morning whether he can be released from hospital in Venice. The President of the Board of Trade suffered a heart attack on Sunday during a private visit to the city.

His wife, Anne, said last night that if he was discharged today he would go straight to hospital in Britain for more rest. 'His morale is high . . . he wants to eat more. He loves Italian ice cream, and he may be able to eat some tomorrow.' But she added: 'We are not taking any risks. When we go home he is going right to the hospital.'

Mr Heseltine was in a satisfactory condition, doctors said yesterday: 'He is relaxed and is sitting up in bed.' Tests carried out on Monday and yesterday were satisfactory and he remained in the cardiology intensive care unit as a ' normal precaution', they said.