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Peer 'could have used assisted dying laws' aged 18

Conservative peer Baroness Morris of Bolton said she may have used assisted dying laws if they had been around when she broke her back in a riding accident aged just 18.

Baroness Morris said she considered ending her life after a riding accident aged 18. Credit: PA

The Baroness told the House of Lords she became so depressed about never being able to walk again she stockpiled pills as she feared she was becoming a burden to her parents.

She said: "I don't think I would have ever taken them. I just wanted to be free from the pain. But I was lucky. A wonderful nurse befriended me, helped me to feel positive and I got better.

"But what if instead of stockpiling distalgesics, the Bill for assisted suicide and I had been in that frame of mind?"

She said people in Oregon in the US, where assisted dying is legal, had waited up to four days to die after being given a dose of lethal medication and six people had woken up but "none of them had a second go."

Lord Hanningfield faces suspension over 'clocking in'

Lord Hanningfield suggested "clocking in" to claim a £300 daily allowance was normal practice in the Lords. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Former Conservative council leader Lord Hanningfield, who was accused of regularly "clocking in" to the House of Lords to claim a £300 daily allowance, is facing suspension from the House of Lords until the end of the current parliament and an order to repay £3,300.

The action against the former Essex County Council leader, who was jailed in 2011 over his parliamentary expenses, was recommended by the Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee.

The committee said Lord Hanningfield should face the maximum punishment after he was found to have claimed the allowance for 11 days on which he did no parliamentary work.

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