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 local Labour MP has a particular 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 said: “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.”
He added: “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.
“The decision by the highest court in the land is a step in the right direction, but there are still some corners to fight to ensure that asbestos victims are able to get the compensation they deserve.
“I will continue to do all I can to support those affected.”
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 www.jmmt.org/
Julie told the Mail following the ruling: “There was so little information about the disease which killed my dad that I decided to set up the John MacDougall Mesothelioma Trust to try and help others.
“The decision by the UK Supreme Court is extremely good news and I hope that those suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers and their families now receive the financial help they are entitled to.”