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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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Assisted dying law would provide 'protection and choice'

Rob Marris opened the debate in the House of Commons.

Legalising assisted dying would provide more protection and choice for the living, the MP who introduced the bill in the House of Commons has said.

Rob Marris said most people would never choose an assisted death but it was right to give people the option to die "a dignified and peaceful death at a time and place" of their choice.

"I and many other people would find it comforting to know that the choice was available," he said.

"If the exercise of a choice does not harm others we should allow that choice."

Following Mr Marris' opening remarks, Conservative MP Caroline Spelman said the proposals would legitimise suicide and the involvement of others in it.

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