Former Yorkshire MP who died of ‘industrial disease’ claimed Houses of Parliament were ‘riddled with asbestos’
“Former Yorkshire MP Alice Mahon, who served for almost two decades, died aged 85 after suffering from a tissue cancer linked to asbestos called malignant mesothelioma. Her inquest at Bradford Coroners’ Court heard how she worked at Northowram Hospital, in Calderdale, as an auxiliary nurse, before becoming an MP.
And coroner Angela Brocklehurst said Mrs Mahon believed she was exposed to asbestosis in both places, but was ‘particularly concerned’ about it in parliament. The inquest heard the former MP for Halifax had previously said the Houses of Parliament were “riddled with asbestos”.
The coroner said: “Mrs Mahon came by her death as a result of an industrial disease. She also referred to the Houses of Parliament being riddled with asbestos and believes she was exposed to that material while working there.”
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