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Weekend Picks: Worcester Music Festival

Credit: Duncan Graves

Worcester Music Festival returns to the city this weekend for the 8th consecutive year.

Organisers say the three-day festival is one of the UK’s fastest growing metropolitan live music events highlighting some of the best, new and emerging artists in the UK.

We are super excited about this year's festival. We have 250 of the best emerging bands and artists from the UK playing at a host of city centre venues and in the streets."

– Ant Robbins, Chair of Worcester Music Festival

More details: Worcester Music Festival.


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Former DPP highlights 'injustice' in assisted dying rules

Keir Starmer was Director of Public Prosecutions from 2008 to 2013.

Preventing people wishing to die from gaining access to professional assistance is an "injustice", a former Director of Public Prosecutions has told the House of Commons debate on assisted dying.

Keir Starmer, now MP for Holborn and St Pancras, said one of the limitations of current prosecution guidelines was that people felt they could go to friends and family for help but not medical experts.

"They can have amateur assistance from nearest and dearest but they can't have professional help in that desire, unless they've got the means and the physical ability to get to Dignitas," he told the debate.

"That to my mind is an injustice that we have trapped within our current framework."


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Assisted dying law would provide 'protection and choice'

Rob Marris opened the debate in the House of Commons.

Legalising assisted dying would provide more protection and choice for the living, the MP who introduced the bill in the House of Commons has said.

Rob Marris said most people would never choose an assisted death but it was right to give people the option to die "a dignified and peaceful death at a time and place" of their choice.

"I and many other people would find it comforting to know that the choice was available," he said.

"If the exercise of a choice does not harm others we should allow that choice."

Following Mr Marris' opening remarks, Conservative MP Caroline Spelman said the proposals would legitimise suicide and the involvement of others in it.

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Protests at Parliament as assisted dying debate begins

Protesters outside Parliament on Friday morning. Credit: PA

Protesters have gathered outside Parliament as MPs begin a debate on controversial 'right to die' laws.

Campaigners from both sides of the debate held placards and voiced their views ahead of the Commons discussion.

Labour MP Rob Marris introduced the Assisted Dying Bill, the first key question of conscience for the new House of Commons.

Labour MP Rob Marris introduced the Assisted Dying Bill. Credit: PA

Opening what is expected to be a lengthy debate, Mr Marris said social attitudes have changed in the past 50 years.

"This debate is not about opinion poll numbers, it's about a matter of conscience and ethics and the kind of society in which we live," he said.

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