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DEBATE ON MODERNISATION OF THE SUICIDE ACT 1961

EDM (Early Day Motion) 230: tabled on 10 December 2008

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 108 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 expresses concern that some terminally ill adults end their suffering by travelling abroad to die, committing suicide, asking a loved one for assistance to die, or are illegally assisted to die by their doctor; notes that the Suicide Act 1961 aims to protect vulnerable people by prohibiting complicity in suicide; welcomes the Government's plans to modernise the law via the Coroners and Justice Bill to make it explicitly clear that this prohibition applies to the internet; further notes that there are concerns that the Suicide Act 1961 is not fit for purpose; and calls for a full debate on whether the law should be updated sufficiently to protect vulnerable people whilst distinguishing between assisting suicide and assisting the death of a mentally competent terminally ill adult.

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 27 January 2009
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Ainger, Nick
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Allen, Mr Graham
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2009
Nottingham North
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Blaydon
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2009
Rossendale and Darwen
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 February 2009
Lewes
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2009
Kingswood
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2009
Carshalton and Wallington
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 March 2009
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2009
Taunton
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2009
Birmingham, Northfield
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 January 2009
Solihull
Caborn, Mr Richard
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2009
Sheffield Central
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 January 2009
North East Fife
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 2009
Orkney and Shetland
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Morley and Rothwell
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Bury North
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Cynon Valley
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Leyton and Wanstead
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Stockton North
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 11 December 2008
Livingston
Dhanda, Mr Parmjit
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Gloucester
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 11 December 2008
Hendon
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Aberdeen North
Dorrell, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 15 January 2009
Charnwood
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Lewisham West
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Sunderland North
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2009
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2009
Hornsey and Wood Green
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2008
Newport West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 2009
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2008
Walthamstow
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2009
Romsey
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Leeds North East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2009
Portsmouth South
Harris, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2009
Glasgow South
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2009
Vauxhall
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 December 2008
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 17 December 2008
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 2009
Cheltenham
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Cambridge
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 April 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2009
Cheadle
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Hampstead and Highgate
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 11 December 2008
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2009
Clwyd South
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Manchester, Gorton
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Hereford
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2009
Liverpool, Walton
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2009
Richmond Park
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 February 2009
North Norfolk
Laws, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2009
Yeovil
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Manchester, Withington
Levitt, Tom
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
High Peak
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 9 February 2009
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Edmonton
Mallaber, Judy
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Amber Valley
Mann, John
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Bassetlaw
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Medway
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 2009
East Hampshire
Meacher, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Oldham West and Royton
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Mansfield
Miller, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Cardiff North
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2009
Sunderland South
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Bristol North West
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Knowsley South
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 January 2009
Winchester
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2009
Montgomeryshire
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Ottaway, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2009
Croydon South
Palmer, Dr Nick
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Broxtowe
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Dover
Reid, Mr Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2009
Argyll and Bute
Rennie, Willie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 May 2009
Dunfermline and West Fife
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 January 2009
Rochdale
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2009
Colchester
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2009
Reading West
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2009
Torbay
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2009
Huddersfield
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 11 December 2008
Nottingham South
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush
Smith, Ms Angela C.
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Sheffield, Hillsborough
Stuart, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 2009
Beverley and Holderness
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2009
Islington South and Finsbury
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Wallace, Mr Ben
Conservative
Signed on 24 February 2009
Lancaster and Wyre
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 May 2009
Caernarfon
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2009
Ceredigion
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 February 2009
Brecon and Radnorshire
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2009
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 February 2009
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2009
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Batley and Spen
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 February 2009
Teignbridge

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.

DEBATE ON MODERNISATION OF THE SUICIDE ACT 1961 (Amendment 1)
at end add `; and resolves to set up a select committee to join with a committee of the House of Lords to consider the issues raised and to recommend whether or not any legislative changes may be necessary.'.
Conservative, North Essex
3
signatures
EDM 230A1: tabled on 11 February 2009