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MP ill after PM speech.

FORMER Welsh secretary Paul Murphy was taken to hospital yesterday after falling ill following Tony Blair's Labour conference speech.

The Northern Ireland secretary was forced to put off his own speech yesterday afternoon as doctors carried out tests.

Mr Murphy, MP for Torfaen, chatted to paramedics as they stretchered him from the Brighton conference hall and party sources said he had simply been taken ``queasy'' as he sat with fellow Cabinet ministers during Mr Blair's keynote address.

He was given a heart scan before being taken to hospital. But paramedics ruled out problems with his heart.

He was detained in hospital for routine tests.

His spokesman said: ``He was feeling unwell earlier today and he felt a lot worse straight after the speech. He was taken out as a routine procedure but everything is fine now.

``It is categorically nothing to do with his heart. It was a funny turn. ''

Mr Murphy, who was Welsh secretary until 2002, will deliver his speech, updating delegates on the Ulster peace process, later in the week, Labour said.

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