PM will not back weaker assisted suicide laws

Boris Johnson will not back an attempt to remove end-of-life protections for vulnerable people, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper reported that the Prime Minister came to his decision over the summer after reviewing detailed arguments.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is also understood to oppose changing the assisted suicide law.

‘No change’

Baroness Meacher’s so-called Assisted Dying Bill is set to be debated later this month in the House of Lords.

It seeks to enable those deemed to have less than six months to live to get help to kill themselves.

the will of Parliament is that there should be no change to the law.

But a government spokesman has told The Daily Telegraph: “Parliament has debated this issue on several occasions and as things stand the will of Parliament is that there should be no change to the law.”

State-sanctioned killing

News of the Prime Minister’s opposition comes as the family of murder victim Peter Farquhar urged the UK Government to vote down the Bill.

Farquhar was killed in 2015 after being drugged and coerced into changing his will.

His brother Ian has written to Members of Parliament expressing his fear that “assisted suicide could increase instances of fraud of the elderly and sick”.

Ian and his wife Sue told MPs: “With a state sanctioned way of bringing about the death of the elderly and unwell, inheritance fraudsters would be able to take advantage of the vulnerable without fear of consequences.”

inheritance fraudsters would be able to take advantage of the vulnerable without fear of consequences

2015 vote

The Prime Minister was among the 330 who voted against removing current safeguards in England and Wales in 2015.

In the same year, MSPs in the Scottish Parliament rejected Patrick Harvie’s Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill by 82 votes to 36.

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