Former Labour MP Alice Mahon Dies from Asbestos-Related Cancer

Former Labour MP Alice Mahon Dies from Asbestos-Related Cancer

...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.

Ex-Labour MP Alice Mahon believed asbestos in Parliament caused her death


The inquest into the death of former Labour MP Alice Mahon has revealed that she died from a tissue cancer called malignant mesothelioma, linked to asbestos exposure.

Mahon, who served as an MP for almost two decades, had previously claimed that the Houses of Parliament were “riddled with asbestos”, and the coroner’s report confirmed that she believed she had been exposed to the substance while working there.

Mahon had also worked as an auxiliary nurse before becoming an MP, and was concerned about exposure to asbestos in that role too.

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She made a compensation claim relating to asbestos exposure while alive.

Mahon’s GP provided the medical cause of death as malignant mesothelioma, essential hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

She was given a humanist funeral, and a memorial service attended by high-profile figures including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was held at Halifax Minster.


The coroner noted that the service reflected Mahon’s “campaign for peaceful solutions to our problems”.

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The impact of asbestos in the UK has been significant, with thousands of people dying as a result of related illnesses each year.

The material was once commonly used in the construction industry, and can be found in many public buildings, including schools and hospitals.

The government has launched a review into asbestos-related deaths, with a report expected later this year.


The tragic death of Alice Mahon highlights the ongoing problem of asbestos in public buildings, including the Houses of Parliament.

The risks posed by the substance are well known, yet there are many buildings in the UK that still contain asbestos.

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The government review of asbestos-related deaths is a positive step, but more needs to be done to ensure that public buildings are safe for all who use them.


The legacy of asbestos will be felt for many years to come, and it is essential that steps are taken to prevent further exposure and protect the health of those who have already been affected.

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