Mesothelioma support by MP

Kirsten Oswald  MP , delivering letter with  Dr Peter  Harbour of the Fred Minall Support Group
Kirsten Oswald MP , delivering letter with Dr Peter Harbour of the Fred Minall Support Group

SNP spokesperson on Armed Forces and Veterans, Kirsten Oswald MP, has handed in a letter to Number 10 Downing Street on behalf of mesothelioma compensation campaign, The Fred Minall Support Group.

Kirsten has been part of a long running campaign to have fair and equal compensation for veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma, who - because of a loophole - had been left substantially worse off than civilian counterparts.

Mesothelioma is an asbestos related terminal cancer with a short life expectancy, usually one or two years. Veterans in all the armed forces are affected but it is particularly prevalent amongst naval personnel.

At the end of last year the UK government , conceded that there was a damaging and unfair loophole and agreed to change the law to close it and give veterans fair treatment and compensation – but there is now a call for fairness in that scheme.

Kirsten, who is the SNP Veterans spokesperson commented: “Today’s letter is the next step to ensure that those who are due compensation should not have to wait any longer, and is a request – directly to the prime minister - that all qualifying veterans be treated equally.”