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Great Step Forward In The Cape Must Pay! Campaign – Protests Against Cape On the 19th April On Hold


Congratulations to The Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum (AVSFG, UK) who, this week, welcomed the news that Cape plc, formerly known as Cape Asbestos, have agreed to meet the Forum, a national body representing asbestos victims and internationally recognised medical professionals to discuss funding research into improved treatment and finding a cure for mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung invariable caused by asbestos. Forum planned demonstrations at Cape’s Head office in Rotherham and local depot in Warrington have been postponed pending the outcome of the meeting.

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John Flanagan, Support Officer for the group said “We are delighted that Cape plc have agreed to discuss donating £10 million of funding into mesothelioma” he added “ the disease has devastated the lives of thousands of workers and their families on Merseyside after they were naively exposed to asbestos by Cape during their working lives on Merseyside which is one of the hotspots for mesothelioma in the UK.”

Joanne Candlish, Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen commented on the news “It is very promising that Cape have decided to come to the table, thanks to direct action, and we remain dedicated to offering our support to John and the Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group. Over the years, research into finding a cure for mesothelioma and life extending treatments has been drastically underfunded. This funding would go some way to address this.”

The Cape Must Pay! Campaign has support from MPs’ the backing of all Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health, and the TUC

Joanne Candlish is a partner at Hodge Jones & Allen and a member of the Asbestos team. She is a highly experienced mesothelioma lawyer, with a career spanning over 30 years. Joanne has acted for numerous asbestos victims and their families.