Most MPs support changing the law to enable assisted dying in Britain

Most MPs now support changing the law to enable assisted dying in Britain, a new poll shows

  • In two years, the number supporting has soared from 35 per cento a 58 per cento
  • Younger MPs overwhelmingly favour an overhaul of the right to die legislation
  • The YouGov poll was commissioned by campaign group My Death, My Decision
  • For the first time, a majority of MPs back changing the law to enable assisted dying in Britain, according to a poll.

    In only two years, the number supporting the right for the terminally ill with less than six months to live to be allowed help to end their life has soared from 35 per cento a 58 per cento.

    More controversially, 45 per cent of the MPs surveyed by YouGov believe there should also be a broader change in the law to include those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

    Nel 2019, solo 16 per cent of MPs said they would support a change for those suffering from incurable illnesses.

    For the first time, a majority of MPs back changing the law to enable assisted dying in Britain, according to a poll

    For the first time, a majority of MPs back changing the law to enable assisted dying in Britain, according to a poll

    The reason for the dramatic shift in sentiment can be traced back to the last election, con 140 MPs elected for the first time.

    C'erano 312 under the age of 50, with the average age of the Commons now 52.

    Younger MPs overwhelmingly favour an overhaul of the right to die legislation, con 86 per cent backing assisted dying for people with six months to live, e 69 per cent wanting similar rights for those with Alzheimer’s.

    Support is also strong among Tory MPs in Red Wall seats.

    Ben Bradley, 31, Tory MP for Mansfield, disse: ‘I support the change. I saw my grandad suffer for months in hospital before he died a couple of years ago.

    ‘You wouldn’t put a dog through that, never mind a human.’

    Attualmente, those judged to have assisted the suicide or attempted suicide of another person can be jailed for up to 14 anni.

    Last week a backbench Bill to allow assisted dying passed its first stage in the Lords.

    In only two years, the number supporting the right for the terminally ill with less than six months to live to be allowed help to end their life has soared from 35 per cento a 58 per cento

    In only two years, the number supporting the right for the terminally ill with less than six months to live to be allowed help to end their life has soared from 35 per cento a 58 per cento

    The crossbencher Baroness Meacher, chairman of campaign group Dignity in Dying, who tabled the Bill, proposed that only terminally ill patients with full mental capacity and who were not expected to live more than six months, would be eligible to apply for an assisted death.

    Downing Street has hinted that Tory MPs will be given a free vote when it comes to the Commons.

    The YouGov poll was commissioned by My Death, My Decision, which campaigns to legalise assisted dying for those who are terminally ill or suffering from incurable diseases.

    It surveyed 103 parlamentari. Trevor Moore, its chairman, disse: ‘The law prohibiting assisted dying has been way out of step with public opinion for decades.’

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