British PM heads to bedside of stricken father in France

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British Prime Minister David Cameron would miss his weekly session of questions in parliament to fly to France after his father fell seriously ill on holiday there, his Downing Street office said Wednesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was due to stand in for Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister was informed this morning that his father Ian is seriously ill after suffering a stroke and heart complications while on holiday in France.

"After talking to doctors at the hospital, the Prime Minister has decided to fly to be with his father and mother Mary."

Downing Street declined to give any further details of where Cameron's father was being treated in France.

Ian Cameron was born with a condition that left his legs severely deformed from the knees downwards, but the prime minister has said his father makes light of his condition.

The premier only returned to work this week after taking paternity leave following the birth of his fourth child, Florence Rose Endellion, on August 24.

Cameron's first child, Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, died suddenly in February last year, aged six.

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