The MP of Thanet South in the UK, Steve Ladyman, has recently demanded a thorough investigation into asbestos in the schools in the area, after the number of schools that are contaminated with the potentially deadly substance were highlighted on a television documentary.

According to the BBC documentary asbestos was present in over five hundred and fifty out of the five hundred and ninety nine schools in the area, and these figures have apparently shocked the MP, and have resulted in him demanding that an investigation being carried out.

Mr Ladyman said: “I am very surprised by the figure and if this is true an urgent assessment needs to be carried out. Asbestos is not dangerous if it is contained so the kids are not at risk but it is still something that needs to be investigated and I will be looking into it. Now is a good time to know about this as we are carrying out our Building Schools for the Future scheme.”

An official from the National Union of Teachers said: “The NUT’s view is quite clear. We think that the solution is the complete removal of asbestos from all the working spaces. As long as local authorities do not remove asbestos from a site, there will be a risk of fibers getting into the atmosphere and getting into people’s lungs.”

Exposure to airborne asbestos dust and fibers can result in a range of health problems, including the deadly asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma.

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