22 Oct 2021

Proposals to legalise assisted dying debated by peers

The former Labour MP Frank Field has told fellow peers that he is terminally ill, and said he had changed his mind and now supported a new law to allow assisted dying.

A statement was read out on his behalf at the second reading of the bill in the House of Lords which urged colleagues to vote in favour.

The measure would give people with just a few months to live the right to ask for life-ending medication. But it’s unlikely to become law without government backing.