Asbestos-campaigning MP dies of cancer linked to asbestos exposure

Former Labour MP Alice Mahon passed away recently due to mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure.  The former Halifax MP had campaigned for asbestos victims and for a public inquiry into asbestos-related diseases among power industry workers.

She believed she was exposed to asbestos during her time as an auxiliary nurse at a West Yorkshire hospital in the 1960s and 1970s, and also during her 17 years in Parliament. ( An earlier story described the risks of asbestos in the Palace of Westminster.)

In 2019 there were more than 5,000 asbestos-related deaths, including from cancers such as mesothelioma.

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