MPs overwhelmingly reject Assisted Dying Bill

MPs have overwhelmingly rejected a bill which would have allowed doctors to help some terminally ill people end their lives.

The Commons voted against giving a second reading to the Assisted Dying Bill by 330 to 118 - a majority of 212.

MPs on both sides of the house shared personal stories and strong views during the near five-hour debate.

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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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