A man from Leeds is today leading a new legal challenge to change the law on assisted suicide.
Paul Lamb waived his right to anonymity so he could become the figurehead of the campaign. From the appeal court in London, Mark Witty reports.
Severely disabled Paul Lamb from Leeds is at the Court of Appeal in a bid to change laws governing the right to die. Mr Lamb who is 58 years old has been paralysed from the neck down since a car accident in 1990. He explains here why it is so important the law is changed.
Severely disabled Paul Lamb has arrived at the Court of Appeal in a bid to change laws governing the right to die.
Mr Lamb, 58, has been paralysed from the neck down since a car accident in 1990.
He is taking up a case begun by the late Tony Nicklinson, who appealed for the laws to change after suffering from "locked-in" syndrome.
Mr Nicklinson's widow Jane accompanied Mr Lamb and his daughter Lauren to court.
Paul Lamb's lawyer Saimo Chahal, who also represents the Nicklinson family said there is a "fundamental misunderstanding" about Paul's fight. She said:
If Paul did win the right, the cases would have to be on a case by case basis, so it wouldn't be a matter of vulnerable people suffering.
A paralysed man from Leeds takes up the legal challenge for the right to die with the help of a doctor today. Paul Lamb, who is 58, has joined forces with the family of Tony Nicklinson, who died in 2012.
His widow will continue to challenge a High Court ruling against doctor-assisted death, at the Court of Appeal in London.