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ASSISTED DYING IN THE UK AND OVERSEAS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1494: tabled on 26 January 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 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 is saddened by the death of the terminally ill doctor Anne Turner who chose to travel to Switzerland to receive assistance to die; hopes that her son and daughters who accompanied her are treated with compassion and sensitivity by the authorities on their return to the UK; is concerned that this is the 42nd case of its kind in the past three years and yet the Director of Public Prosecutions still refuses to publish guidance as to whether family members who accompany their relatives overseas for an assisted death are breaking the law; notes that recent research by Clive Seale from Brunel University has uncovered that, on average, there are eight illegal assisted deaths performed by doctors in the UK every day; and believes this sensitive issue should be further discussed in this House.

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.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 February 2006
Lewes
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 16 February 2006
Kingswood
Blunt, Mr Crispin
Conservative
Signed on 14 February 2006
Reigate
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2006
Carshalton and Wallington
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 March 2006
Taunton
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2006
Regent's Park and Kensington North
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Birmingham, Northfield
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 February 2006
Solihull
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Morley and Rothwell
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2006
Bury North
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2006
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clelland, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Tyne Bridge
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2006
Stockton North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Keighley
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2006
Glasgow South West
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Hendon
Donohoe, Mr Brian H.
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Central Ayrshire
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Lewisham West
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 16 February 2006
Rochford and Southend East
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Sunderland North
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 March 2006
Hornsey and Wood Green
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Newport West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 March 2006
St Ives
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Goldsworthy, Julia
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 February 2006
Falmouth and Camborne
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 January 2006
Portsmouth South
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2006
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 2006
Cheltenham
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2006
Cambridge
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2006
Hampstead and Highgate
Johnson, Ms Diana R.
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2006
Kingston upon Hull North
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Clwyd South
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 March 2006
Hereford
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Ealing, Southall
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 March 2006
Richmond Park
Laws, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 January 2006
Yeovil
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 January 2006
Manchester, Withington
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Manchester Central
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Edmonton
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Calder Valley
McCarthy, Kerry
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Bristol East
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Bridgend
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 28 March 2006
Cardiff North
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2006
Sunderland South
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 February 2006
Winchester
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 June 2006
Montgomeryshire
Short, Clare
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Nottingham South
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2006
Islington South and Finsbury
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Pudsey
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2006
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2006
Bristol West
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 May 2006
Cardiff Central
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2006
Spelthorne
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Batley and Spen
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 16 February 2006
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Yeo, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 15 February 2006
South Suffolk

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.

ASSISTED DYING IN THE UK AND OVERSEAS (Amendment 1)
leave out from `of' to end and insert `Dr Ann Turner and regrets the manner in which her assisted suicide in Switzerland was politicised by the euthanasia lobby to promote the legalisation of euthanasia; notes that what was described in The Times as as a `grisly travelling theatre of death' for which a television team and other journalists were present throughout has been used relentlessly by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society to promote Lord Joffe's Bill to legalise assisted suicide; notes however that Dr Turner was not terminally ill and would not have qualified under the proposed legislation which requires a prognosis of death within six months whereas Dr Turner had six to eight years to live; further notes that she was diagnosed as having progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in 2004 for which the average survival is 10 years; further notes that the clinical course of PSP is not unlike Parkinson's disease and, although not curable, treatment is available that considerably improves the quality of life; hopes the authorities treated Dr Turner's son and daughters who accompanied her with compassion; nonetheless reminds the Government that every Disability Rights group in the UK is opposed to the Joffe Bill and any form of euthanasia because they consider it would totally undermine the basic rights of disabled people; and calls on the Government to invest extensively in research into PSP and similar diseases, to finance major extensions to the hospice movement and to oppose euthanasia.'.
Labour, Bolton South East
92
signatures
EDM 1494A1: tabled on 29 March 2006