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MP seeks views on euthanasia bill

By Fiona Reid
MP seeks views on euthanasia bill

A SPECIAL event to consider the concept of assisted dying will take place in Dumfries next week.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless is holding a surgery on Wednesday in advance of the Assisted Dying Bill which will be debated in Westminster on September 11.
He wants to hear more about what his constituents think of the issue.
Mr Arkless said: “I have been contacted by a large number of my constituents on both sides on the argument and I have been touched by the personal stories they have shared with me on this subject.”
Although the Bill which is being presented in the House of Commons would only affect England and Wales, the MP believes it would have an impact in Scotland.
He said: “Many people living in Scotland may be free, depending on the wording of the Bill, to travel the short distance to England to die.
“Any vote on this Bill will be a matter of conscience, in that SNP members will take their own view on whether to vote, and which way to vote.
“I realise this is a very important issue for a lot of people and I want to take this opportunity to listen to my constituents before I make any final decision on this matter.”
The surgery will take place in his constituency office at the Loreburne Centre on Wednesday between 10 am and 5 pm. Appointments to attend the can be made by calling 01387 265 698.


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