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THE ASSISTED DYING

CAMPAIGN IN 2016.

BY SAM DICK

There has been a lot of

change in the past year and

many more changes are

still to come. This time last year

Rob Marris’s Assisted Dying Bill

wasn’t even on the radar. At that

point all the pollsters and pundits

were telling us that we were

facing political deadlock with a

fractious coalition Government or

a struggling minority Government

in power. That turned out to be

wrong. The Conservatives won

the election, Rob Marris got

elected (one of the few Labour

gains), put his name in for the

Private Members Bill ballot and

the rest, as they say, is history.

This goes to show how quickly

things can change.

Our opponents are saying that

assisted dying has been debated

and “dealt with” for the foreseeable

future. What the last year has also

shown us is that such predictions

are nonsense. Whilst there isn’t an

immediate opportunity to engage the

Commons that does not mean we

don’t have opportunities to pursue.

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