MP in­jures knee af­ter Com­mons stair­case fall

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AWILTSHIRE MP rup­tured his knee lig­a­ments by fall­ing down stairs while “prob­a­bly tres­pass­ing” near the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice in the House of Com­mons.

James Gray, the MP for North Wiltshire, will be on crutches with his leg in a brace for six to eight weeks as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent.

Mr Gray said he fell af­ter try­ing to take a short cut back to his of­fice af­ter tak­ing part in a vote on Tues­day.

He tum­bled down a stair­case and had to be helped by staff and po­lice be­fore he re­turned to the West Coun­try to un­dergo surgery at the Royal United Hos­pi­tal in Bath.

Mr Gray re­vealed de­tails of the mishap in a let­ter to his con­stituents that warned he might be “less ac­tive” be­cause of his injury.

He said: “I took a short cut from the cham­ber to­wards my of­fice via a lit­tle­known stair­case which leads from the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice to Speaker’s Court down be­low.

“I was prob­a­bly tres­pass­ing, and it’s a route I had not used be­fore and must have been un­fa­mil­iar with the car­peted stair­case.

“Any­how, to­wards the bot­tom, I found my­self on the floor with a leg at an awk­ward an­gle. There was no one around (thank­fully not even the PM), so I hauled my­self to my feet, stepped out­side the heavy oak door, and promptly fell over again, my knee giv­ing out be­neath me.

“The door­keep­ers and po­lice helped enor­mously, and even­tu­ally I got my wheel­chair-laden self back to Wiltshire, thence to RUH in Bath, where the fan­tas­tic sur­geons suc­cess­fully op­er­ated on my rup­tured lig­a­ments. Serves me jolly well right.”

Mr Gray, 63, said he would be reach­able as nor­mal, thanks to a “fully func­tion­ing of­fice” at his Wiltshire home.

He added that he would be head­ing to Par­lia­ment if he “pos­si­bly can” for all the main de­bates and votes.

James Gray had to have hos­pi­tal treat­ment fol­low­ing his tum­ble

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