McGinn: I couldn’t support suicide bill

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn
St Helens North MP Conor McGinn

MPs have voted against an assisted dying bill in the first debate on the issue in the House of Commons in almost two decades.

A total of 118 MPs voted in favour but were defeated by 330. The bill outlined guidelines to allow terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision.

St Helens North representative Conor McGinn, explained his decision to vote against the bill.

He said: “The introduction of this assisted dying bill risked denigrating the role and position of disabled and vulnerable people in society, and could have ultimately have led to external pressure on those who are vulnerable in society to end their lives.

“Effectively by allowing people to choose to die, others could inadvertently be harmed.

“The bill has also been widely opposed by medical professionals. I believe there needs to be improved care for those with terminal illnesses, more support for their carers’ and improved facilities offering specialised care. And quality palliative care services should be widely available.”