Tory crisis expert admits comments about asbestos victims were ‘untrue’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oliver Richmond, Mandy Besser, Richard Muldoon and Siobhan McNiff of Cumbria Central Tory party Crisis management expert Oliver Richmond has denied being the senior advisor who claimed six…

Tory crisis expert admits comments about asbestos victims were 'untrue'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oliver Richmond, Mandy Besser, Richard Muldoon and Siobhan McNiff of Cumbria Central Tory party

Crisis management expert Oliver Richmond has denied being the senior advisor who claimed six people in Lancashire had been killed by asbestos in the industry.

He told the BBC during a radio interview that there was a long list of victims of asbestos poisoning in his former district – but he could not say how many people had died.

The Lancaster Telegraph quotes an article about him which did identify him as a consultant to the Ministry of Health and Social Care.

The Ministry has since said the claims he made were “untrue”.

Mr Richmond has told the paper he stands by his comments about Cumbria – despite that article appearing in December 2014.

Speaking to BBC Radio North West’s Nigel Owens last week, Mr Richmond said the victims were victims of a tragedy and he had provided support to the victims’ families.

He told the BBC he thought he was correct to make his statements on the basis of government records, public evidence and comments from other campaigners.

But he has now admitted his remarks were inaccurate.

A statement on his firm’s website said: “These comments were untrue and based on information that was outdated.

“I will not challenge anyone to provide evidence to me for my claim, as that would defeat the purpose of my comments.

“However, the families whose loved ones have died are not against any legal liability for this tragedy, but against an amicable resolution to be reached through an out of court compensation agreement.”

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