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Nicklinson family 'pleased' one appeal succeeded

Tony Nicklinson's family, have confirmed they will appeal the Court of Appeal's ruling against them, have also praised the judges' ruling in favour of one of the three right-to-die challenges.

Appeal for law to help end 'unbearable' lives denied

Right-to-die campaigner Paul Lamb, who wants a doctor to help him die in a dignified way, was not present for the reading of the unsuccessful ruling at the Court of Appeal.

The ruling was made by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson and Lord Justice Elias in London.

The trio had heard argument that people who are too sick or disabled to end their "unbearable" lives without help are currently being condemned to "suffer in silence or make desperate attempts to kill themselves".

Mr Lamb, 57, from Leeds, had won the right to join the litigation to continue the battle started by Mr Nicklinson, who died at home last August, a week after he lost a High Court bid to end his life with a doctor's help.


Nicklinson family and Lamb lose right-to-die challenges

Tony Nicklinson's widow Jane and daughter Lauren had taken their case to the Court of Appeal, alongside Paul Lamb. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The family of late locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson and paralysed road accident victim Paul Lamb have lost their right-to-die challenges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Three judges rejected the Nicklinson and Lamb cases, but in a majority ruling the court allowed an appeal by a locked-in syndrome sufferer known as "Martin".

He had sought clarification of Director of Public Prosecution guidance relating to the position of health professionals in assisted suicide cases.

Nicklinson family count down to right-to-die ruling

The daughters of the late right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson, who have maintained his Twitter account, have issued the following message ahead of the High Court's ruling on their right to pursue an appeal to make assisted suicide legal:

High Court to rule on three right-to-die cases

Leading judges are due to issue their rulings on three cases this morning in the latest round of a right-to-die legal battle started by the locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson. They are:

Scope chief puts case against assisted suicide

The cases are unbearably tragic, but they cannot be the basis for changing a law that could affect millions.

Those are the words of the chief executive of disability charity Scope, written when the right-to-die cases from Paul Lamb and the family of Tony Nicklinson were put to the Court of Appeal in May.

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