Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
On Thursday morning, Geoff Whaley, who had motor neurone disease, ended his life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. Last week, I, along with other MPs and Peers, met with Geoff and his family in Parliament to hear their very moving account of why the law around assisted dying needs to change in this country.
The final weeks of Geoff’s life were blighted by visits from social services and the police, with his wife Ann warned she could face 14 years in jail for helping him to make arrangements to end his life. I strongly believe that a change in the law to allow people like Geoff to have dignity at the end of life and control over their own deaths is long overdue, and I hope the testimony of Geoff and his family persuades my parliamentary colleagues of the same.
I would encourage you to read the incredibly powerful letter that Geoff addressed to MPs, very shortly before his death.