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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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'Unprecedented' number of MPs bid to speak in debate

The debate is expected to last much of the day.

More than 85 MPs are bidding to speak in the Commons debate on legislation which could enshrine the right to die in British law, an "unprecedented" number.

At the start of the debate, Deputy Speaker Natascha Engel said the demand to speak from the backbenches meant MPs must keep remarks brief to allow as many into the debate as possible.

"I hope speakers will restrict themselves to five minutes, and that's including interventions," she said.

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