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EUTHANASIA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 315: tabled on 29 July 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 72 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House welcomes the unanimous (9-0) decision by the Supreme Court of the United States of America to reject physician assisted suicide; agrees with Chief Justice Rehnquist that 'all civilised nations demonstrate their commitment to life' and that 'doctor assisted suicide has no place in our nation's traditions, given the country's consistent, almost universal and continuing rejection of it'; furthermore notes the 'overwhelming' rejection of euthanasia by representatives at the British Medical Association's annual conference in Edinburgh; and calls on the Government to continue with the policy of its predecessor in opposing the efforts of the vociferous few who would wish to legalise euthanasia either directly or through legally binding advance directives, living wills.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Sutton and Cheam
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 October 1997
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1997
Blyth Valley
Canavan, Dennis
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1997
Falkirk West
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1997
Gower
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 30 October 1997
Chipping Barnet
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 5 November 1997
Bury North
Clark, Alan
Conservative
Signed on 4 March 1998
Kensington and Chelsea
Clarke, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Midlothian
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 October 1997
Weston-Super-Mare
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 30 July 1997
Leigh
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 3 November 1997
Coventry South
Darvill, Mr Keith
Labour
Signed on 19 November 1997
Upminster
Davies, Denzil
Labour
Signed on 5 November 1997
Llanelli
Dawson, Mr Hilton
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Lancaster and Wyre
Day, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 29 October 1997
Cheadle
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1997
Heywood and Middleton
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1997
Stroud
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Monmouth
Faber, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 2 December 1997
Westbury
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 July 1997
Southport
Flight, Mr Howard
Conservative
Signed on 29 April 1998
Arundel and South Downs
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 29 October 1997
Ludlow
Goggins, Paul
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Wythenshawe and Sale East
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 March 1998
North Devon
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 14 January 1998
Orpington
Howarth, Mr Gerald
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 1997
Aldershot
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 7 November 1997
Bolton South East
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 1997
Wealden
Jones, Mr Ieuan Wyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 19 November 1997
Ynys Môn
Kaufman, Mr Gerald
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Manchester, Gorton
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 October 1997
Hereford
Kelly, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Bolton West
King, Andy
Labour
Signed on 24 November 1997
Rugby and Kenilworth
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1997
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Lewis, Mr Ivan
Labour
Signed on 5 November 1997
Bury South
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 3 November 1997
New Forest East
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 1 December 1997
Worsley
Livsey, Mr Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 November 1997
Brecon and Radnorshire
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1997
Glasgow, Shettleston
McKenna, Rosemary
Labour
Signed on 5 November 1997
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
McNulty, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Harrow East
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 November 1997
Argyll and Bute
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 12 November 1997
Crawley
Morgan, Mr Alasdair
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 October 1997
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1997
Knowsley South
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1997
Nuneaton
Pearson, Ian
Labour
Signed on 11 November 1997
Dudley South
Pound, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Ealing North
Prior, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 1997
North Norfolk
Rooney, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1997
Bradford North
Rowlands, Mr Ted
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1997
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Roy, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 4 November 1997
Motherwell and Wishaw
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Torbay
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 12 November 1997
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 28 October 1997
Belfast South
St Aubyn, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 1997
Guildford
Thompson, Mr William
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 30 July 1997
West Tyrone
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1997
Islwyn
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 1998
Maidstone and The Weald
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 1997
Ruislip - Northwood
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1997
Conwy
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 29 July 1997
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 30 July 1997
Macclesfield
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Glasgow, Baillieston

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

EUTHANASIA (Amendment 1)
at end add 'whilst recognising the valid use of the advance directive to enable instructions to be given to physicians to allow a peaceful and dignified death rather than medical intervention at all costs.'.
Labour, Stafford
3
signatures
EDM 315A1: tabled on 29 October 1997