Tony Blair's former deputy was admitted to hospital in Hull on Friday following a stroke, he is said by his family to be receiving excellent care.
The Welsh born Labour stalwart served as deputy to Blair fpr 10 years following Labour's general election landslide in 1997.
Now a member of the house of Lords, John retired from politics in 2010 but made a brief return in 2015 as an adviser to then leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband.
MP's including Tony Blair and current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have sent messages wishing him a full and speedy recovery, they also praised the hard working NHS staff who are treating him at the Royal Hull Infirmary.
A member of John's family has said,
"We would like to praise the swift actions of the ambulance staff and the doctors and nurses at Hull Royal Infirmary's A&E and stroke unit", the family said in a statement.
"They have been remarkable and we cannot thank them enough.
"He is receiving excellent care from the NHS but we would respectfully request at this time that John and our family are given the privacy we need so that he can have the time and space to make a full recovery."