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"I'll be dead in three years, my hope is gone... but I can’t stop wondering what might have been"

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A man dying of cancer has delivered an impassioned plea for the public’s support for Labour in Manchester. Nathaniel Dye, a music teacher, was one of the speakers ahead of Keir Starmer’s address in the city to introduce Labour’s manifesto for the general election.

Visibly emotional, the 38-year-old recounted his own story of fighting cancer — saying he will ‘be doing well to live another three years, let alone 30’. “When I was first diagnosed in October 2022 it looked like I might be able to survive the bowel cancer that had only spread to my liver and be cancer free after surgery,” he began. “But when further spread was discovered in my lungs and lymph nodes in my neck, my prognosis worsened. READ MORE: Sexy Fish chef, 42, dies after wife finds him slumped on bench when he didn't return home “No matter how much gruelling treatment I volunteered to put myself through, one thing is for certain: this cancer will kill me. “One day too soon, it will end my life.

There's nothing I can do about it now.” However, Mr Dye said that he has been ‘let down’ in his treatment. He went on: “But I can’t stop wondering what might have been because I spent over 100 days waiting for cancer treatment when the government target is 62, and there’s a chance if chemotherapy had come sooner, my cancer might not have spread. “It’s no one person's fault that scans and appointments took so long to come through, and so many wonderful people in the NHS have worked tirelessly to care for me.

But it’s clear that the system has badly let me down. “I represent the human cost of an NHS neglected over the last 14 years and I invite anyone who stands by that dismal record in government to look me in the eye and say that ‘it was good enough’.

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