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Lord will 'help poison inquiry'
Paul Tyler
Paul Tyler served as North Cornwall's MP for 13 years
North Cornwall's new MP has said his predecessor's peerage should help establish the truth behind the Camelford water poisoning incident.

New Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson said he and Lord Paul Tyler would now being working together in a campaign "to get the truth for the victims".

Former Liberal Democrat MP Tyler played a prominent part in investigations into the 1988 poisoning.

He represented the constituency for 13 years before retiring at the election.

In July 1988, water supplies to 20,000 people in Camelford were contaminated when 20 tonnes of aluminium sulphate were poured into the wrong tank at the Lowermoor water works near Bodmin operated by the former South West Water Authority.

Local people have complained over the years of a variety of symptoms from brain damage to joint problems.

An independent report into the incident, the third to be carried out, said in January that the long-term effects of were still not known.

The report into the health effects of the incident, described by the Department of Health as the most comprehensive yet, was ordered by former environment minister Michael Meacher in 2001.

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