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EUTHANASIA AND THE BBC

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1273: tabled on 21 May 2003

Tabled in the 2002-03 session.

This motion has been signed by 46 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House notes the persistent bias of BBC programmes supporting the legalisation of euthanasia; further notes reports from the Disability Rights Commission, Disability Awareness in Action and other bodies that increasing numbers of disabled and sick people are frightened to be admitted to hospital because of the euthanasia campaign; notes the failure of the BBC to interview the disabled or terminally ill unless they declare support for legalised euthanasia; further notes the complete failure of any BBC television or radio news programme to report a major survey of doctors which showed a considerable majority opposed assisted suicide and that almost three out of four would refuse to be involved if such practices were legalised; notes a story in BBC Online undermining the survey and quoting a pro-euthanasia claim that a number of surveys show a small majority of doctors supporting euthanasia; challenges BBC governors to cite such surveys; notes that one survey claiming doctors support euthanasia was conducted for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society and that no report has ever been produced by the internet company responsible for giving the number of doctors circulated, the response rate and other vital information showing the validity of the poll; notes the complete bias in the BBC News report on the tragedy of a mentally ill man who smothered his terminally ill parents, incorrectly claiming that he was discharged whereas he was placed under a two year community and rehabilitation order; and calls on the Government to require the BBC to show impartiality on all issues of public policy.

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.

Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 June 2003
East Londonderry
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 22 May 2003
Chipping Barnet
Colman, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2003
Putney
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 June 2003
Weston-Super-Mare
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2003
Bolton North East
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 June 2003
Belfast North
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 22 May 2003
Stroud
Foster, Michael Jabez
Labour
Signed on 8 September 2003
Hastings and Rye
Goodman, Mr Paul
Conservative
Signed on 22 May 2003
Wycombe
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Independent Conservative
Signed on 22 October 2003
Basingstoke
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 21 May 2003
Bolton South East
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 June 2003
Cheltenham
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 June 2003
Hereford
Lawrence, Mrs Jackie
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2003
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 22 May 2003
Gainsborough
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 3 June 2003
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 2 July 2003
Glasgow, Shettleston
McFall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2003
Dumbarton
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 16 June 2003
South Down
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2003
Mansfield
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2003
Nuneaton
Pollard, Mr Kerry
Labour
Signed on 21 May 2003
St Albans
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2003
Southport
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 22 May 2003
Uxbridge
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Conservative
Signed on 19 November 2003
Tewkesbury
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 May 2003
Strangford
Robinson, Mr Peter
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 14 July 2003
Belfast East
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 9 June 2003
Broxbourne
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 16 June 2003
Romford
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 2003
South West Bedfordshire
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2003
Bradford West
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 22 May 2003
Belfast South
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2003
North West Leicestershire
Tynan, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2003
Hamilton South
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 15 July 2003
North Dorset
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 9 July 2003
Upminster
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 15 October 2003
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2003
Conwy
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 21 May 2003
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 22 May 2003
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.