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Dying man loses challenge against law on assisted dying

Noel Conway has only been given 12 months left to live. Credit: ITV News Central

Terminally-ill Noel Conway has lost his High Court challenge against the law on assisted dying.

The 67-year-old grandfather and retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease in November 2014.

He wanted to enlist assistance from the medical profession to allow him a "peaceful and dignified" death when he has less than 6 months left to live.

Noel Conway, a 67-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, says that he feels "entombed" by his disease.

The law as it stands means that anyone who helped him would be committing a criminal offence.

Mr Conway wanted a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which relates to respect for private and family life, and Article 14, which protects from discrimination.

Mr Conway was not at London's High Court today but his case was rejected by Lord Justice Sales, Mrs Justice Whipple and Mr Justice Garnham.