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Asbestos in council flats

Title
Asbestos in council flats
Genre
News report; Interview
TX Date
26 Mar 1996
Year of production
1996
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Duration
00:03:40
Description
An independent report has accused several leading Conservatives on Westminster City Council of placing council tenants at risk in flats contaminated with asbestos dust. The Barrett Report published today concludes that officials were bypassed by the then council leader, Dame Shirley Porter, and the former Conservative Whip Barry Legg - now sitting MP for Milton Keynes South east. It says they deliberately rehoused the homeless families at Hermes Point and Chantry Point in Paddington, despite knowing both blocks were riddled with brown asbestos. Jeff Collins talks to some of the former residents of Hermes and Chantry Point in Paddington.
Contributors
Jeff Collins; Stan Bruno; Anne de Sousa
Keywords
Dangerous materials; Housing; Conservative Party; Council housing; Living conditions; Westminster City Council; Asbestos

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