New leader in right-to-die fight

A heavily-paralysed man has waived his right to anonymity to become the new figurehead of a right-to-die campaign. Paul Lamb has adopted the legal fight previously fronted by locked-in sufferer Tony Nicklinson.

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Right-to-die campaign was 'never just about Tony'

Paul Lamb, who was paralysed in a road accident will continue the right-to-die campaign, started by locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson.

Tony's wife Jane spoke to Daybreak, she said: "It was never just about Tony it was always about people like Tony, and I feel very strongly that people in that position should have the right to take their own life when they choose."

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Right-to-die figurehead is 'clear and determined'

Paul Lamb is "clear and determined" to see a change in the law over the right-to-die, his solicitor has said.

Saimo Chahal, of Bindmans LLP, has said:

My client, Paul Lamb has decided that he is willing to speak about his situation publicly now having discussed with family and friends his wish to terminate his life with the help of a doctor at the right moment. He is willing to engage in the debate as Tony Nicklinson did. He is clear and determined in his wish to see a change in the law which he considers wholly wrong and out of date for a person in his situation, and for others like him.

Paralysed man goes public to front right-to-die battle

Paul Lamb, who was involved in a road traffic accident in 1990, has adopted Tony Nicklinson's legal fight. Credit: ITV News

A heavily-paralysed man has waived his right to anonymity to become the new figurehead of a right-to-die campaign.

Paul Lamb, who was previously referred to as "Patient L", has adopted the legal fight previously fronted by locked-in sufferer Tony Nicklinson.

Mr Nicklinson died last year, days after losing his High Court battle to be permitted to die with the help of a doctor.

Mr Lamb's assumption of his legal challenge, which was granted by the Court of Appeal last month, will be joined by a case brought by Mr Nicklinson's widow Jane Nicklinson.

She is pursuing a claim in her own right that she suffered pain, distress and injury as a result of her husband's inability to lawfully end his own life.

Both cases will now be heard in the Court of Appeal next month.

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