Press release from Martin Docherty-Hughes MP
For immediate release: Tuesday 19 September 2017
PARLIAMENTARIANS PRAISE 25 YEARS OF CLYDEBANK ASBESTOS GROUP
Clydebank Asbestos Group has marked 25 years of supporting victims of asbestos at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Abbotsford Parish Church in Clydebank.
Clydebank’s parliamentarians Martin Docherty-Hughes MP and Gil Paterson MSP were in attendance at the meeting, along with West Dunbartonshire’s Provost William Hendrie, local councillors, volunteers and members of Clydebank Asbestos Group.
Clydebank Asbestos Group was founded in 1992 and this year’s AGM marked its 25th anniversary, highlighting the group’s efforts to secure justice for those affected by asbestos. The event also examined a range of emerging issues facing asbestos support groups, including the threat posed by Brexit to legislation affecting health and safety standards.
Following the meeting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP and Gil Paterson MSP praised the important contribution Clydebank Asbestos Group has made to supporting victims of asbestos and their families across West Dunbartonshire.
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:
“Over the past 25 years the team at Clydebank Asbestos Group have worked tirelessly to provide care and support for the victims of asbestos and their families.
“The legacy of asbestos has been devastating for thousands of families across West Dunbartonshire. Clydebank Asbestos Group has made a hugely important contribution to improving the lives of those affected by asbestos and campaigning to raise awareness of its dangers since it was founded in 1992.
“It’s also thanks to the dedicated volunteers of Clydebank Asbestos Group that we have the International Asbestos Memorial here in Clydebank – a fitting tribute to those who have lost their lives and a reminder that the fight for truth and justice continues.”
Gil Paterson MSP added:
“Huge congratulations are due to Clydebank Asbestos Group for all the work they have done in the last quarter of a century. The efforts of the volunteers have been absolutely stellar.
“In recent decades, asbestos-related diseases have been a major cause of premature death, and the group has been working tirelessly to support the victims and families.
“I recently spent the best part of a day in the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Bearsden being fully briefed on the vital work they are doing. I feel this research will directly benefit those suffering from cancers caused by asbestos exposure in my constituency. I know in time we will conquer this horrible disease that causes so much tragedy.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
1) Photos attached: Martin Docherty-Hughes MP and Gil Paterson MSP in attendance at the Clydebank Asbestos Group AGM.
2) Further information on Clydebank Asbestos Group is available here: http://www.clydebankasbestos.org/