A 10-year campaign involving the Grimsby Telegraph to win job-loss compensation for distant-water fishermen may soon be over.
Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised to resolve the issue “soon” – and the indications are that the payout could be as high as £15m to be shared among 3,000 men.
In 1990, the Telegraph joined the fight, which was started by the British Fishermen’s Association, and has played an active role in pressing home the case ever since. Over the years the Telegraph has:
Throughout the campaign, the paper has worked with Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell and, in more recent times, Cleethorpes MP Shona McIsaac.
“This has been a community campaign for people who were disregarded by the system and forgotten.
“The British Fishermen’s Association was formed in Grimsby to fight for justice and we believed their case to be one worth fighting for,” said Telegraph editor Peter Moore.
“Ten years is a long time and we have often felt we were on a lost cause, but we persisted and refused to accept defeat. Now we are confident that we are almost there. We have been told that Commons leader Margaret Beckett has pledged to press ministers for a decision as soon as possible.
“We believe that this has proved that a local paper can play a key role in orchestrating a campaign and pressurising those in authority. That is one of our key roles in the community we serve.”
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