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ASSISTED DYING IN THE UK AND OVERSEAS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1494A1: tabled on 29 March 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 92 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

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

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Joan Ruddock on 26 January 2006. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

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.'.

Original 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.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Southend West
Ancram, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Devizes
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2006
Rossendale and Darwen
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
Hexham
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Leeds West
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2006
Bootle
Benyon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 19 April 2006
Newbury
Bone, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 26 April 2006
Wellingborough
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
Worthing West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2006
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2006
South East Cornwall
Brokenshire, James
Conservative
Signed on 20 April 2006
Hornchurch
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
West Chelmsford
Burrowes, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 24 April 2006
Enfield, Southgate
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 2006
North East Bedfordshire
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Blyth Valley
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
Stone
Chapman, Ben
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2006
Wirral South
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 2 May 2006
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Creagh, Mary
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Wakefield
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2006
Easington
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Crosby
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 June 2006
Kingston and Surbiton
Davies, David T. C.
Conservative
Signed on 8 May 2006
Monmouth
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2006
Shipley
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2006
Burton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 20 April 2006
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 20 April 2006
Lagan Valley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2006
Stroud
Duncan Smith, Mr Iain
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Chingford and Woodford Green
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 25 May 2006
Foyle
Engel, Mrs Natascha
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2006
North East Derbyshire
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2006
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2006
Birkenhead
Fox, Dr Liam
Conservative
Signed on 18 May 2006
Woodspring
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 18 April 2006
Bethnal Green and Bow
Goodman, Mr Paul
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Wycombe
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2006
North Wiltshire
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 19 April 2006
Suffolk Coastal
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 16 May 2006
Hammersmith and Fulham
Herbert, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Arundel and South Downs
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 20 June 2006
North Down
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2006
Chorley
Jones, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2006
Clwyd West
Jones, Helen
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Warrington North
Kawczynski, Daniel
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Shrewsbury and Atcham
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2006
Salisbury
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 2 May 2006
Gainsborough
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2006
New Forest East
Lidington, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2006
Aylesbury
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Mid Worcestershire
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Glasgow East
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2006
East Hampshire
McFall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 3 May 2006
West Dunbartonshire
McGovern, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Dundee West
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 21 June 2006
South Down
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2006
Crawley
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2006
Nuneaton
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 June 2006
Southport
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Conservative
Signed on 9 May 2006
Tewkesbury
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 May 2006
Strangford
Robinson, Mr Peter
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 May 2006
Belfast East
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2006
North Cornwall
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
Romford
Scott, Mr Lee
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2006
Ilford North
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2006
South West Bedfordshire
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2006
Bradford West
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2006
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
Castle Point
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
South West Devon
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Hazel Grove
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2006
New Forest West
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 3 May 2006
North West Leicestershire
Vaizey, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
Wantage
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 20 April 2006
North Dorset
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2006
Liverpool, West Derby
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2006
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Upminster
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2006
Conwy
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2006
Ceredigion
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 April 2006
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 May 2006
East Antrim
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2006
Macclesfield
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.