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ASSISTED SUICIDE AND THE SUICIDE ACT 1961

EDM (Early Day Motion) 589: tabled on 26 January 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 90 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 welcomes the provisions in the Coroners and Justice Bill to bring the Suicide Act 1961 up to date by making clear that its provisions on assisting or encouraging suicide apply to the internet; notes the declared wishes of pro-euthanasia campaigners to see further amendments to the 1961 Act to permit assistance with suicide for vulnerable groups of people, including the terminally ill; observes that the Act combines a categoric prohibition of assisted suicide to deter abuse with an ability to assess the circumstances of apparent breaches of the law and, where appropriate, to deal compassionately with them; believes therefore that the Act, especially if amended as the Government proposes in the Coroners and Justice Bill, is working as it should; and calls on the House to reaffirm its support for a law which protects vulnerable people from abuse.

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 28 January 2009
Southend West
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2009
Rossendale and Darwen
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Leeds West
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2009
Northampton South
Bone, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 16 March 2009
Wellingborough
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2009
Worthing West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2009
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2009
South East Cornwall
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 16 March 2009
West Chelmsford
Burrowes, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 18 March 2009
Enfield, Southgate
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 3 March 2009
North East Bedfordshire
Butterfill, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 19 March 2009
Bournemouth West
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 March 2009
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2009
Blyth Valley
Chapman, Ben
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2009
Wirral South
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 23 April 2009
Dagenham
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2009
Crosby
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 17 March 2009
Blaenau Gwent
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 3 March 2009
Shipley
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2009
Burton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 March 2009
Belfast North
Donaldson, Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 5 February 2009
Lagan Valley
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2009
Lewisham West
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 27 January 2009
Foyle
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 18 March 2009
Ribble Valley
Evennett, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2009
Bexleyheath and Crayford
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 March 2009
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Birkenhead
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2009
North Wiltshire
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2009
Suffolk Coastal
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2009
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2009
Portsmouth South
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 2009
Hammersmith and Fulham
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2009
Birmingham, Yardley
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2009
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Tamworth
Jones, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2009
Clwyd West
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2009
Hereford
Kelly, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2009
Bolton West
Kennedy, Mr Charles
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 April 2009
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2009
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2009
Manchester, Withington
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2009
Gainsborough
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2009
Hitchin and Harpenden
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 2009
Mid Worcestershire
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2009
Thurrock
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 4 February 2009
St Albans
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2009
Blackpool South
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Makerfield
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 February 2009
South Antrim
Neill, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 18 March 2009
Bromley and Chislehurst
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Knowsley South
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 17 March 2009
Croydon Central
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 22 June 2009
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 2009
The Wrekin
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2009
Southport
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 March 2009
Strangford
Robinson, Peter
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 12 March 2009
Belfast East
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2009
Rochdale
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 2009
South West Bedfordshire
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Bradford West
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2009
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 2009
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Independent
Signed on 18 March 2009
Castle Point
Strang, Dr Gavin
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Edinburgh East
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 23 March 2009
South West Devon
Stuart, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2009
Beverley and Holderness
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2009
Hazel Grove
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
North West Leicestershire
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2009
South Derbyshire
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vaizey, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 27 March 2009
Wantage
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2009
North Dorset
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2009
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2009
Upminster
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 18 March 2009
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 2009
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 January 2009
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 4 March 2009
Macclesfield
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 May 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.