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Politicians should be more aware of Asbestos says leading lawyer

A leading asbestos lawyer has warned politicians to be more aware of the dangers from asbestos as Action Mesothelioma Day approaches as the dangers may be much closer to them than they think

Houses of Parliament

30 June 2015

Politicians are being warned of the dangers of asbestos as events take place around the country on Friday 3rd July to mark Mesothelioma Action Day.

Mesothelioma Action Day aims to raise awareness of the disease which is almost exclusively caused by Asbestos and which kills over 3000 every year.

The London event will this year take place at Layden House on Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG from 10.30am.

At 10:40 doves will be released outside Farringdon tube station to remember all those who have died from exposure to asbestos, which was banned in the 1990’s but which still remains within many working environments.

One of the sites believed to be riddled with asbestos is the Houses of Parliament.

Last month it was revealed that major restoration of the buildings could cost £5.7bn and take 32 years.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or the stomach (peritoneal mesothelioma), which can only be caused by asbestos exposure.

It can take many years between exposure to asbestos and the disease to occur.

The HSE reports that approximately 3,200 people in the UK die from the disease each year, and this is set to continue until the peak of mesothelioma deaths, which is expected around 2020.

Harminder Bains, from the law firm Leigh Day, who are hosting the London event with London Hazards campaign, said:

“As the recent report into the state of Parliament showed, no one is immune from the threat of asbestos.

“Politicians need to be aware of the dangers, not just to others but to themselves as they remain potentially exposed to the danger within their workplace.

“We are only now seeing the deadly legacy from exposure to asbestos decades ago. We must continue to act to ensure that the eradication of asbestos is made a priority for all agencies.”

Following the release of the doves there will be a number of speakers making presentations at the event. These include:
  • Philip Lewis - Chair London Hazards Asbestos Group – welcome to delegates
  • Tony Lennon, SERTUC President Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary UNITE
  • International Speaker from USA - Linda Reinstein, President and CEO, ADAO, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
  • Rachel Thomas, Guys Hospital Mesothelioma Group
  • Harminder Bains, Partner Leigh Day Solicitors
  • Julie Winn, Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors
  • Dave Fisher, Thompsons Solicitors
  • Closing remarks by Pete Farrell Chair London Hazards Centre Trust Ltd Board

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