Asbestos compensation 'may be a step closer'

Workers suffering from asbestos-related diseases may be a step closer to receiving injury compensation payouts after moves to overturn a law lords ruling cleared the Commons.

Hendon MP Andrew Dismore has vowed to fight for people suffering from pleural plaques, a scarring of the lungs caused by asbestos exposure.

Victims have formerly been unable to claim compensation for the disease following a controversial ruling made in the House of Lords 2007.

However, Mr Dismore has now tabled a bill aimed at returning the law to its previous position, which was given an unopposed second reading in the House of Commons last week despite reservations from the Conservatives.

The move has also gained support for Plymouth Sutton MP Linda Gilroy, as the area’s shipbuilding industry means it has a large number of sufferers, the Herald reports.

"Plymouth people who have been exposed to asbestos and have developed pleural plaques and their families will welcome this important step too," Ms Gilroy told the paper.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19141872-ADNFCR

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