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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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Former DPP highlights 'injustice' in assisted dying rules

Keir Starmer was Director of Public Prosecutions from 2008 to 2013.

Preventing people wishing to die from gaining access to professional assistance is an "injustice", a former Director of Public Prosecutions has told the House of Commons debate on assisted dying.

Keir Starmer, now MP for Holborn and St Pancras, said one of the limitations of current prosecution guidelines was that people felt they could go to friends and family for help but not medical experts.

"They can have amateur assistance from nearest and dearest but they can't have professional help in that desire, unless they've got the means and the physical ability to get to Dignitas," he told the debate.

"That to my mind is an injustice that we have trapped within our current framework."

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