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LAW ON ASSISTED SUICIDE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 302: tabled on 01 December 2009

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 70 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 judgement of the Law Lords in the appeal of Debbie Purdy requiring that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) publish guidelines for those contemplating assisting another to commit suicide; further notes that in following the Law Lords, the DPP has produced a document informing people what to do to avoid prosecution; further notes that the DPP, like the Law Lords, states clearly that it is the function of Parliament, not the judiciary to make and amend legislation; considers that the guidelines override the will of Parliament; recalls that twice recently the House of Lords has rejected by a clear majority attempts to change the law on assisted suicide, the second time in July 2009 when a clause to introduce assisted suicide through the Coroners and Justice Bill was defeated by 191 votes to 141; further notes the comment of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, a foremost human rights lawyer, that before prosecution for theft or grievous bodily harm, `we are not told how much we can steal...or how much injury we can inflict...'; further notes that through indicating to would-be offenders how best to avoid prosecution, the DPP will put the vulnerable at grave risk; and calls on the Government to require the withdrawal of the guidelines, leaving Parliament rather than the judiciary or unelected civil servants to consider whether to change the law, and making it clear to the judiciary that they are not permitted to override the supremacy of Parliament.

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 8 December 2009
Southend West
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Rossendale and Darwen
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2009
Leeds West
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 12 January 2010
Northampton South
Bone, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 2009
Wellingborough
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2009
South Ribble
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 2009
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 December 2009
South East Cornwall
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 March 2010
Taunton
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 12 January 2010
West Chelmsford
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 December 2009
East Londonderry
Chapman, Ben
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2009
Wirral South
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2010
Stockton North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2010
Bolton North East
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 12 January 2010
Blaenau Gwent
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 2009
Shipley
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2009
Heywood and Middleton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 December 2009
Belfast North
Donaldson, Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 December 2009
Lagan Valley
Dorries, Nadine
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2010
Mid Bedfordshire
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2010
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 16 December 2009
Foyle
Engel, Mrs Natascha
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2010
North East Derbyshire
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 16 December 2009
Bethnal Green and Bow
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 January 2010
St Ives
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 2009
North Wiltshire
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2010
Suffolk Coastal
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2010
Hammersmith and Fulham
Harris, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2010
Glasgow South
Hesford, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2010
Wirral West
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 16 December 2009
Gravesham
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2009
Chorley
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2009
Bolton South East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2009
Tamworth
Kelly, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2010
Bolton West
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 10 December 2009
Gainsborough
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 3 December 2009
Hitchin and Harpenden
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 2009
Mid Worcestershire
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 2009
St Albans
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 9 December 2009
East Hampshire
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 16 December 2009
South Down
Moffat, Anne
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2010
East Lothian
Murphy, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2010
Wansbeck
Murphy, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2009
Torfaen
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 26 January 2010
Croydon Central
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 16 March 2010
Hemel Hempstead
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
The Wrekin
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 December 2009
Southport
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 January 2010
North Cornwall
Rooney, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2009
Bradford North
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 January 2010
Rochdale
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 3 December 2009
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 December 2009
Upper Bann
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 7 December 2009
Bradford West
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2009
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Spicer, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 2009
West Worcestershire
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 January 2010
Hazel Grove
Twigg, Derek
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2009
Halton
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 11 January 2010
North Dorset
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 2009
Eastbourne
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 February 2010
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 February 2010
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.