Yesterday I was on Sky’s ‘Sophy Ridge on Sunday’ to talk about losing my father, who took his life after a terminal diagnosis, and how it shaped my views on assisted dying. Since then, I’ve had an outpouring of kind messages, with many people sharing their own stories, for which I’m very grateful.
I’ve spoken about my Dad’s decision in Parliament before; eleven years ago he took his life with advancing and inoperable lung cancer. The current law means he couldn’t talk to me about it about it and he faced a lonely death.
I believe that those with terminal diagnoses, with fewer than six months to live, and whose decision is confirmed by a doctor, should have the right to end their life at a point they choose with dignity and with the opportunity for their family to be around them.
You can join the campaign for assisted dying here: https://dignityindying.org.uk
You can see some of the interview here: