THE widow of an ex-headteacher who died from asbestos exposure is urging the House of Lords to stand fast after the Government refused to exempt victims from legal costs.
Marie Hughes watched husband Phil die from cancer after coming into contact with asbestos at Brymbo Steelworks in his younger years.
The Government voted against some amendments to its controversial Legal Aid bill to exempt asbestos victims paying the costs, despite rebel Tories and Lib Dems voting the other way last week.
It will again come before the House of Lords tonight for further debate and could be sent back to the Commons if the peers are not satisfied.
Mr Hughes was a former of headteacher of Tanyfron School, near Wrexham, and died, aged 57, in 2005.
Mrs Hughes, of Coed-y Glyn, Wrexham, said if they’d had to worry about the financial implications of trying to press for a claim without legal aid, they might not have bothered.
“I was very disappointed the bill went through in the Government vote on Monday,” she said. “But I did take heart that there were Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs who could not vote with the Government.
“It is now going back to the House of Lords and I would urge them not to pass this through, back what they backed, and send it back to the House of Commons where hopefully more will reject it.”
Her campaign is being backed by Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, who has written to Liberal Democrat Lord Thomas of Gresford and to Lord McNally ahead of tonight’s debate...................."