Marr reveals he ‘cannot type’ months after stroke

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Broadcaster Andrew Marr has revealed he is still unable to type after suffering a stroke.

Marr, who is due to return to full-time presenting duties this autumn, said his left arm was “still no good” after he was struck down in January.

As a result, he was forced to use a dictation system to write his latest book – an updated version of his 1992 publication The Battle For Scotland.

Marr spoke about his health as he launched the work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The sell-out event was the BBC presenter’s first public appearance since he suffered his stroke.

Marr, who was warmly received, told the packed audience: “This is the first time I have had a big event like this since the stroke. I have no idea how it is going to go.”

The former political editor spent more than two months in hospital and has undergone physiotherapy.

“I can’t type because my left arm is still no good,” he said. “I used to touch-type but I can’t any more. I used to think I could only think through my fingers.”

During the debate Marr praised the “genius” of Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond. The Glasgow-born journalist also revealed he would choose a Scottish passport should Scotland vote yes next year.