AN MP is calling on the Department of Health to approve £27 million funding for a new Leeds pathology lab which will help save lives by improving the diagnosis of cancer.

Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP Stuart Andrew is backing the application from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. This follows a successful application for £10.1million of investment from UK Research and Innovation to expand digital pathology and artificial intelligence programmes in the North.

Mr Andrew said: "I am firmly in support of the application for £27 million by Leeds Teaching Hospitals to allow for a new pathology lab. Pathology departments are under growing pressure and our NHS Trust have done fantastic work in the field of pathology and cancer diagnosis.

"There are very few of us today who have not had our lives touched by cancer in some way and I firmly support all developments that help us diagnose and prevent cancer much faster.

"The field of digital pathology allows for much faster diagnosis which can save countless lives. I have called on my colleagues in the Department for Health to approve this application for funding and I am very hopeful they will support us in making great strides in cancer diagnosis and prevention."