Scots Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale leads talks to fight mesothelioma

Scottish Labour
leader Kezia Dugdale is hosting a meeting to develop a “real plan” to fight a rare cancer.

Campaigners and medical experts will take part in the round-table discussion at the Scottish Parliament on tackling mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma rates are expected to rise sharply over the next few years due to the heavy use of asbestos in Scottish industries between the 1940s and the mid-1970s, with a recent Cancer Research UK study warning people who worked as carpenters, plumbers and mechanics are at increased risk of the disease.

More than 2,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the UK each year.

Ms Dugdale has been campaigning for action after being contacted by constituent Julie Roberts, who recently lost both her father and uncle to mesothelioma and has been working to raise awareness of the disease. The MSP said:

“I was incredibly moved by Julie’s story of how her family was affected by mesothelioma. This is a condition that is only going to become more prevalent in the coming years.”