Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

Mesothelioma Bill Debate

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The Mesothelioma Bill was debated in the House of Commons, with the report stage and third reading of the Bill both taking place on Tuesday 7 January 2014, all in the hope of creating a compensation scheme for the victims of this cancer who for one reason or another cannot trace their employer (or employer’s insurer) from where they were exposed to asbestos fibres.

Those who couldn’t trace their employer had previously been unable to report a claim for the compensation they deserve, for the suffering Mesothelioma would have put them and their families through.

This bill came from years of Labour Party campaigning alongside the victims of this terrible disease and although we should celebrate this near legislative victory, we should still campaign to take the Bill further, for it now only allows successful applicants to receive 75% of the average compensation.

For now I am happy to see that these victims can finally soon start the process of receiving the compensation they are owed but I will continue to campaign for the people of Leeds West who have seen theirs and their loved ones lives so dreadfully impacted by this industrial disease.

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