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Funeral of asbestos campaigner

The funeral has been taking place of Debbie Brewer, the asbestos campaigner from Plymouth.

The 53-year-old died last week from mesothelioma - a lung cancer caused by the deadly substance.

The mother-of-three had been infected by the disease as a child after regularly cuddling her father as he returned home from work as an asbestos lagger at Devonport.

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Tributes to asbestos campaigner who died aged 53

Tributes have been paid to Debbie Brewer, the Plymouth asbestos campaigner whose death was announced at the weekend. Debbie gained an international reputation for her work helping to raise awareness of the killer disease mesothelioma.

Her father had been an asbestos lagger at Devonport Dockyard - she was convinced that hugging him as a child exposed her to deadly asbestos fibres. Debbie was determined to make a difference right up to the end.

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School asbestos warning: full report

A man from North Devon, whose wife died from an asbestos-related disease, has told MPs the government is not doing enough to remove the substance from schools.

He was talking on the day a report was released saying more than 75% of state schools contain asbestos.

Michael Lees' wife Gina, who was a teacher, died 12 years ago from a lung disease which a coroner blamed on exposure to asbestos in classrooms.

Today Mr Lees told the Education Select Committee the full scale of the problem was still not properly known.

Our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports:

Devon man in school asbestos warning to MPs

A man from North Devon, whose wife died from an asbestos-related disease, has told MPs today that the government is not doing enough to remove the substance from schools.

Michael Lees' wife Gina, a teacher, died in 2000 from a lung disease which a coroner blamed on exposure to asbestos in classrooms.

Today Mr Lees, from Bradworthy, told the Education Select Committee the full scale of the problem was still not properly known.