Asbestos ruling pleases former Fife MP’s family

MP John MacDougall
MP John MacDougall

A RULING by the UK Supreme Court to grant compensation to the families of workers who died of an asbestos-related cancer has been welcomed by Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Lindsay Roy.

The MP has a special interest in the decision, as he was elected following the death of his predecessor John MacDougall from one such cancer, mesothelioma, in 2008.

Mr MacDougall was exposed to asbestos while working at Rosyth Dockyard as a young man.

Mr Roy told the Gazette: “I am delighted by this ruling which means that those who lost a loved one because they were knowingly exposed by their employers to asbestos can now make a claim for compensation.

“For those living with asbestos related conditions, this isn’t about financial gain, it is about ensuring they have the necessary support for their condition and recognition their disease was the result of them doing their job.”

Following the death of Mr MacDougall, a trust in his memory was set up by his daughter Julie to promote understanding about mesothelioma and offer help and support to sufferers and their families– for full details visit