Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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Asbestos victims risk losing a quarter of their payout

Mesothelioma sufferers face losing up to 25 per cent of their damages payments to their lawyers under changes brought through Parliament.

Alan Whitehead MP condemned the prospect of sufferers having compensation “snatched away” in legal costs and protested that the Government had, last April, pledged to carry out a proper review before allowing compensation to be stripped out for court bills.

The so-called “review” was simply a single, complicated question wrapped up in a separate consultation – with no proper study of the impact of the change, he said.

Alan Whitehead MP said: “The Government indicated that people with mesothelioma – including many in my constituency – would not have a substantial part of their award snatched away “Now this is exactly what will happen. It was clearly not a proper consultation and, not surprisingly, it has come to its pre-determined conclusion.

“People in this terrible situation deserve the peace of mind and the certainty that was promised when the legislation was first suggested.”

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