Local MP Jon Cruddas praises compensation claim decision for asbestos sufferers

Local MP Jon Cruddas has praised a decision made in the Supreme Court last week in which families of people who died after asbestos exposure will now be able to claim compensation.

The announcement will be relief for many families in Cruddas' constituency of Dagenham and Rainham, which is one of the worst hit areas in Britain from the diseases associated with asbestos exposure.

Recent figures have shown that the constituency has one of the UK's highest rates for terminal asbestos cancer. Figures released from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) show that from 2006 to the end of 2010 the constituency's death rate for mesothelioma, a terminal cancer of the lung wall, was nearly double the national average.

The new statistics reveal that the death rates in both the boroughs of Havering and Barking and Dagenham were well above those in the country as a whole. Between 2006 and 2010 a staggering total of 129 people in the two districts died from asbestos related cancer.

The Supreme Court decision will be a massive relief for all of those affected by the disease, as well as those who have consistently campaigned on the issue, such as Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas.

On hearing the news he said; "I am absolutely thrilled that some justice has finally been served for those local families who have had to suffer the heartache of losing a loved one.

"It's shameful that it has taken so long to get here, but hopefully this compensation will provide some relief to those in our constituency who need it so badly."