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Assisted Dying
23/07/2015 15:06:00

Hundreds of you have contacted me about Rob Marris's Assisted Dying Bill, which the House of Commons is due to debate on Friday 11th September.

This is a very sensitive issue. Coping with terminal illness is distressing and difficult both for the individual concerned and their family as I know having lost my Dad to Alzheimer’s.

This is an extremely emotive issue and I can sympathise with the differing views people hold. I am not opposed to someone who has full mental capacity and is facing a slow and painful death taking a decision to end their own life at a time and in a manner of their choosing. Having seen what my Dad went through I have sympathy for those who are suffering and want to end their lives. However, I am very wary of any change in the law that could lead to people feeling pressurised by family members or others into ending their lives or people who lack the capacity to take such a decision being allowed to do so.

I intend to listen to the opinions of my constituents over the summer and study the proposals before deciding how to vote.

I will be holding a public meeting to debate these issues in more detail. If you would like to attend, the meeting is being held at Croydon Town Hall on Wednesday 2nd September from 7pm. If you can't attend, please feel free to send me an email with your views.

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