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Jane Nicklinson 'hopeful' ahead of court hearing

Jane Nicklinson, widow of Tony Nicklinson who died last year after enduring many years of locked-in syndrome and fighting for the right to end his own life, said she was feeling hopeful ahead of today's Supreme Court hearing.

Along with Paul Lamb, a paralysed man from Leeds, Mrs Nicklinson want the court to rule that disabled people should have the right to be helped to die with dignity.

Nine Supreme Court justices today began analysisng the issue at a hearing in London due to last four days. Mrs Nicklinson spoke to ITV News outside the court this morning.

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Court defeat won't stop right to die campaigners

Campaigners say a defeat at the Court of Appeal in July has not put them off taking their fight to the Supreme Court today.

Paul Lamb, from Leeds, is immobile except for limited movement in his right hand and has been in significant pain since his accident in 1990.

Along with another accident victim and the widow of campaigner Tony Nicklinson, he will appear at the court in front of nine judges.

Appeal judges dismissed the Nicklinson and Lamb challenges over the legal ban on voluntary euthanasia.

After the July ruling, Mrs Nicklinson said: "We will carry on with the case for as long as we can so that others who find themselves in a position similar to Tony don't have to suffer as he did. Nobody deserves such cruelty.''

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'No question' right to die campaign would come this far

Tony Nicklinson's widow has admitted continuing to fight for the right to die the in courts has taken a strain, but added there was "no question" she would continue because she felt "that strongly" about it.

Jane Nicklinson and Paul Lamb, who is severely disabled, want the right to die with the help of a doctor and without the fear of prosecution. Their case will be heard at the highest court in the UK later today.

Jane said she was "hopeful" there would be an outcome in her favour and said it was "quite significant" the case was going to be heard by nine judges, opposed to the usual five.

'Right to die' hearing begins at Supreme Court

A right to die case brought by a severely disabled man and the widow of a stroke victim suffering from locked in syndrome will be heard by the highest court in the UK later today.

Jane and Paul
Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson are hoping for a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court. Credit: PA

Jane Nicklinson has continued her late husband's Tony fight for the right to die with help from a doctor, after he passed away after a bout of pneumonia last year.

Paul Lamb joined Jane in the hopes of having a doctor help him end his life without fear of prosecution earlier this year.

The divorced father-of-two was left severely paralysed after a car accident in 1990, has very limited used of his limbs and can only partially move his right hand.

Nine Supreme Court judges will hear the case, opposed to the usual five. Judgement is not expected to be passed until next year.

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Tony Nicklinson's ashes scattered at rugby memorial

Tony Nicklinson's daughters tweeted a photo of the memorial game from his Twitter account, which they have maintained since his death. Credit: Twitter/@TonyNicklinson

A memorial rugby match is being played in Kent today as a tribute to right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson, who died in August last year.

His family planned to scatter his ashes at the ground where he used to play ahead of the start of the game, which pits Cranbrook rugby club and the Mad Dogs.

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Nicklinson family confirm appeals in right-to-die campaign

The family of the late right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson have revealed the latest stage in their fight for assisted suicide to be made legal.

Mr Nicklinson, who was paralysed by a stroke in 2005, died in August at the age of 47, days after he lost his High Court battle for the right to end his life.

His daughters have continued to post messages to his Twitter account following his death and confirmed the latest stage in the family's campaign:


Update: Permission to appeal High Court verdict and for Jane to take over the case lodged with court of appeals. Waiting to hear verdict.

Locked-in sufferer 'Martin' given go-ahead for appeal

High Court judges announced that a sufferer of locked-in syndrome, known only as 'AM' or 'Martin', who lost his case at the High Court in August, has been given the go-ahead for his action against the Director of Public Prosecutions to be heard by appeal judges.

After suffering a massive stroke in August 2008, he is unable to speak, is virtually unable to move and describes his life as "undignified, distressing and intolerable" - he wants to be allowed a "dignified suicide".

His lawyers said the High Court ruling deprived 47-year-old Martin of "the opportunity to take the necessary steps to end his own life".

Daughter says that Tony Nicklinson 'had no reason to live anymore'

Tony Nicklinson's wife Jane has told ITV News that he had "lost the fight" after he was left devastated after losing his right-to-die High Court bid.

Jane said; "he knew exactly what he was doing," when he refused antibiotics after contracting pneumonia.

His daughter Lauren added that, "he felt he couldn't go on anymore, he had no reason to live anymore and he saw his opportunity and he took it."

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