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Marris Bill

A Private Member's Bill to allow assisted suicide for mentally competent adults deemed to have less than six months to live (in England and Wales) is to be considered in the House of Commons. Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West Rob Marris drew first place in the ballot and announced his intention to pursue a bill broadly in line with Lord Falconer's proposals. Apart from a debate on the Director of Public Prosecutions' guidelines in 2012, the House of Commons has not had a full debate on assisted suicide for many years. The Marris Bill received its first reading (formal introduction to the House) on 24 June and, following a well-attended and informed debate on 11 September, was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs on 11 September, by 330 votes to 118.

Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill 2015-16

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