Andy Burnham, Labour Mayoral Candidate for Greater Manchester attended the Manchester Living Well Mesothelioma Patient and Carer Support Group on 3 April to outline the role and responsibilities of the new mayor as we face devolution.
He also pledged his support for mesothelioma patients and particularly over the subject of asbestos in schools. He supported a pledge to rid schools of asbestos in Greater Manchester by 2028.
Lucie Stephens also addressed the group regarding her research into asbestos in schools which is admirable. Lucie's mother died from Mesothelioma in June 2016 after being exposed to asbestos during her career as a school teacher. Lucie advised that the Government must introduce and implement a policy for the phased removal of all asbestos from schools to be completed by 2028, starting with the most dangerous. MPs recommended this in 2012 but no action has been taken.
Graham Dring (also pictured) chaired the group and is the chairperson of the Forum of Asbestos Support Groups.