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Flintshire AM Brynle Williams battling cancer

BRYNLE Williams is known for his fighting spirit.

And even though the North Wales AM is undergoing his fiercest battle, he’s still targeting a New Year return to action.

Conservative AM Mr Williams, 60, has undergone two emergency operations since he was diagnosed with colon cancer in the summer.

The politician, who shot to national prominence when he led fuel protests at Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port in 2000, is now recovering at home at his farm in Cilcain, near Mold.

Mr Williams was expected to start a new course of chemotherapy last week which was ‘tailor-made to his DNA’ to combat the cancer.

“I have every intention of coming back. I am hoping to be back at the Senedd in the New Year,” he said.

“I am looking forward to it positively and would hope to be back around February.

“I have been getting better. I am mobile and eating and drinking. I am taking one step at a time.”

The AM, who has been re-selected to stand for the Conservatives on the North Wales regional list in May’s Assembly election, said he had been overwhelmed by many messages of support from colleagues and political opponents.

“My own party has been absolutely superb,” he said. “But I never expected to receive such support from people I didn’t have so much to do with.”

Before entering politics he had mainly worked as a self-employed farmer, with just two or three other men.

After his first operation he was confined to bed for a month and he admits he had his tough days.

He added: “In general now it’s pretty good.

“I have three gorgeous grandchildren here and I am going to help them grow up – whether they want it or not.