HUDDERSFIELD MP Barry Sheerman today backed the Examiner's Silent Killer carbon monoxide awareness campaign.

He has already been working to spread the message about the killer gas with campaigner Stacey Rodgers, of Deighton, whose 10-year-old son, Dominic, died of carbon monoxide poisoning last year.

And yesterday, he and Ms Rodgers were at a meeting in Westminster, trying to raise even more awareness.

Mr Sheerman said people had to know about the gas, which is also thought to have killed Lockwood takeaway owners Kan Shing Lam, 54, and wife Hsiu Ying Lam, 52, on March 4.

Mr Sheerman said: "It was ghastly to hear of another couple dying of carbon monoxide poisoning in Huddersfield.

"We need a campaign like the Examiner's to inform people.

"A lot of people aren't aware of it and don't know you can get a carbon monoxide detector for quite a low price."

Mr Sheerman is negotiating with gas suppliers like British Gas and gas piping company Transco to get audible carbon monoxide detectors provided free.

He said: "I don't see why people should pay. Gas suppliers should supply the equipment. It is their product and they should ensure it is safe.

"I feel profoundly that at the price they could buy detectors in bulk they could provide them to people for free.

"They could even spread the cost by doing it in partnership with mortgage lenders as a PR stunt."

Mr Sheerman tabled questions in the Commons yesterday, asking what action the Government has taken to combat the dangers of carbon monoxide.

He is hoping to have a full Commons debate on the subject.

Yesterday, Mr Sheerman met carbon monoxide awareness charity CO-Gas Safety and Ms Rodgers at the Commons to discuss their next campaign move.

This involves demanding a nationwide public information campaign from the Government.

Mr Sheerman said: "I'm meeting ministers involved with gas safety because we are trying to get the Government to raise the profile of the issue with a campaign on TV and radio.

"A petition would be useful to make sure the Government and ministers know about the situation.

"Too many people are dying needlessly. It's a tragic waste of life," said Mr Sheerman.

"I also want the Health and Safety Executive to get itself in gear. We have been surprised at how slowly everything happens.

"It's ridiculous - and it's my job as an MP to move things along."