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22nd May 2012

Seamstress’ family appeals for information from asbestos victim’s workmates

Did you work with Margaret Jones (nee Jackson) from Leeds?

The family of a grandmother who died of an asbestos-related disease is calling for her former work colleagues to come forward with information.

Margaret Jones (nee Jackson) from Leeds was 70 when she died from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by asbestos.

Mrs Jones was diagnosed with the fatal condition in December 2010 but she deteriorated rapidly and sadly died in March 2011.

Mrs Jones, who left behind her husband, four children, five grandchildren and one great grandson, was unable to give her family a full picture of her working history before she died.

Following her death her daughter, Karen Bennett, instructed asbestos claims experts Thompsons Solicitors for advice.

Spensley and Gough, tailoring company on New Station Street in Leeds

Mrs Jones had worked for a number of employers but her family are interested in learning more about her time with Spensley and Gough, a tailoring company on New Station Street in Leeds.

She worked for the firm as a machinist from when she left school in 1955 until 1964.

They are also interested in learning more about her time working in Leeds City Council’s kitchens, in Hall Lane, Armley where she prepared school dinners from 1972 to 1974.

Karen would like anyone who worked with her mother at Spensley and Gough between 1955 and 1964 or at the kitchens at Leeds City Council from 1972 to 1974 to contact Thompsons Solicitors.

Working Conditions at Spensley and Gough and at the kitchens at Leeds City Council

Thompsons would like more detailed information on the exact nature of Mrs Jones’ work and believe her former colleagues will be able to help.

Karen said: “Following her diagnosis my mother deteriorated very quickly and we were unable to find out more about her work history.

“After her death we wanted to know more about how she was exposed to asbestos and why she ended up developing mesothelioma. We would urge anyone who can help us to get in touch with Thompsons Solicitors.”

Marion Voss from Thompsons Solicitors added: “Mrs Jones was taken from her family at a time when she should have been enjoying watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. We would like to talk to her former colleagues from Spensley and Gough and at the kitchens at Leeds City Council about her working conditions.”

Anyone with any more information should contact Marion Voss on 08000 224 224 or by email on

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