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ASSISTED SUICIDES AND EUTHANASIA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 568: tabled on 23 January 2003

Tabled in the 2002-03 session.

This motion has been signed by 74 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 suffering of patients with Motor Neurone Disease and similarly debilitating diseases and recognises the anguish of the families who care for loved ones with these conditions; regrets that these patients are being used by a lobby in favour of assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia; regrets that this lobby is using the media to frighten people who may be in the early stages of these diseases; notes that palliative care is of such a high quality in the UK that these patients need not die in pain or fear; notes that specialists within the Hospice Movement have repeatedly stated that Motor Neurone Disease patients in their care very rarely, if ever, choke to death today; calls on the media to be more responsible and less biased in their coverage of this difficult topic; regrets that BBC News 24 claimed that the response to a poll, published on 20th January, indicated that 90 per cent. of British people support legalising euthanasia without giving the number of its respondents, and has refused to give the figures to interested parties since the poll; and demands that the Government do not change the existing law, and that euthanasia in all its forms, including assisted suicide, should remain illegal.

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.

Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2003
Leeds North West
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2003
South East Cornwall
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 May 2003
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Burnham, Andy
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2003
Leigh
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2003
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2003
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2003
Gower
Chapman, Ben
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2003
Wirral South
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2003
Chipping Barnet
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2003
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2003
Peterborough
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2003
Stockton North
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2003
Tooting
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2003
Hornchurch
Cunningham, Tony
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2003
Workington
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2003
Crosby
Dawson, Mr Hilton
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2003
Lancaster and Wyre
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2003
Burton
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2003
Heywood and Middleton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 5 February 2003
Belfast North
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2003
Stroud
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2003
Monmouth
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 20 May 2003
Ribble Valley
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2003
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2003
Birkenhead
Flook, Mr Adrian
Conservative
Signed on 11 February 2003
Taunton
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2003
Newport West
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2003
Ilford South
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2003
St Ives
Goodman, Mr Paul
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 2003
Wycombe
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2003
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 November 2003
North Devon
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 29 January 2003
North Down
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2003
Chorley
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2003
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Independent Conservative
Signed on 25 February 2003
Basingstoke
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 February 2003
Cheltenham
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2003
Liverpool, Walton
King, Andy
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2003
Rugby and Kenilworth
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 11 February 2003
Hitchin and Harpenden
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2003
Thurrock
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 11 February 2003
South Down
McKechin, Ann
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2003
Glasgow, Maryhill
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2003
Kingston upon Hull North
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2003
Mansfield
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2003
Crawley
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2003
Leeds East
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2003
Nuneaton
Pound, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2003
Ealing North
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 February 2003
Southport
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2003
Portsmouth North
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 23 January 2003
Broxbourne
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2003
Bradford West
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2003
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 29 January 2003
Belfast South
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2003
Castle Point
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2003
Hazel Grove
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2003
New Forest West
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2003
North West Leicestershire
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2003
Brighton, Kemptown
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 26 March 2003
Liverpool, West Derby
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 27 March 2003
Eastbourne
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 2003
Maidstone and The Weald
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 2003
Ruislip - Northwood
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2003
Conwy
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2003
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2003
Macclesfield
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 January 2003
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.