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Clydeside Action on Asbestos won the coveted Public Campaign of the Year Award at The Herald's prestigious Politician of the Year Awards.

River City actress Barbara Rafferty presented the award to Phyllis Craig and Gordon Skivington of Clydeside Action on Asbestos in recognition of the organisation's achievements in fighting for the victims of asbestos.

Accepting the award Phyllis Craig the organisation's senior welfare officer praised Thompsons Solicitors, Clydebank Asbestos Group and dedicated the award to victims and their families.

Phyllis said: "I would like to thank Thompsons Solicitors for all their support and legal advice.

There is also another group who have worked hard, Clydebank Asbestos Group so thanks to them.

This is for all the families who have lost someone."

Frank Maguire, Senior Partner with Thompsons Solicitors said: "I couldn't be more pleased that the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos and the Clydebank Asbestos Group has been recognised with such an important award.

They work tirelessly on behalf of the thousands of Scots and their families whose lives have been destroyed by the scourge of asbestos.

Thompsons are proud to have been able to support them in winning major changes in the law here in Scotland, changes that mean asbestos victims and their families have significantly more rights north of the border than they do elsewhere in the country."

Clydeside Action on Asbestos, which was formed 23 years ago, and has been tackling one of the deadliest legacies of Scotland's industrial past ever since.

The Judges awarded them the Public Campaign of the Year to mark two significant successes in the last couple of years.

The first dramatic legal victory came less than two years ago, when members secured an amendment to the Mesothelioma Damages Bill to end the agonising choice faced by victims forced to decide between claiming damages for themselves, or waiting so that their relatives could perhaps secure greater compensation after their death.

Then, in October last year came a bombshell ruling from the House of Lords ending the right of those diagnosed with another asbestos-related condition, pleural plaques, to claim compensation.

The campaigners along with Thompsons, drafted legislation, the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill, and the bill has successfully passed through its committee stage and is well on the way to becoming law.

Frank Maguire said: "This short, sharp and successful campaign is a classic example of a grassroots organisation using its awareness of the impact of legislation on ordinary people to galvanise public and political support to restore justice to the victims of asbestos exposure."

Full details of the Herald's Politician of the Year Award.

Clydeside Action on Asbestos wins the Campaign of the Year award

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