Emotive debate over legally-assisted suicide splits county MPs
MPs across Gloucestershire are split over whether or not to legalise assisted suicide.
According to a new poll, the majority of Parliamentarians are against making assisted dying legal with more than seven out of 10 refusing to back calls for such legislation.
The poll of 150 MPs from all parties also found just 29 per cent backed moves to change the law.
Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham (LD), said he was "strongly in favour" of legally assisted suicide, but stressed the need for "strong safeguards".
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He said: "I am sensitive to the views of constituents on the ethics of this issue, but my position is strongly influenced by my father's experience when he was terminally ill.
"I think that when we get to the end of life, the decision should be left in the hands of the patient and not the doctor."
However, Mr Horwood said he was "less happy" with euthanasia in cases where the person involved was unable to communicate.
Gloucester's MP Richard Graham said: "There are no easy yes/no answers to the issue, and significant hazards to consider.
"We can all think of people – perhaps family members – who might have been grateful for the option: and at the same time the potential unintentional consequence of making old or sick people feel guilty about living is enormous."
Geoffrey Clifton Brown, MP for the Cotswolds (C), said: "My natural instance is to be extremely cautious in this area.
"I entirely understand both sides of this argument.
"However, I would be extremely concerned if any change in legislation had the effect of either leading people to conclude they were becoming a burden on their family and, therefore, ought to consider assisted suicide or, worse still, members of the family putting pressure on someone to consider this option."