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Assisted Dying Bill: MPs reject 'right to die' law

The rejection of the ‘Assisted Dying Bill’ in September was marked by a series of passionate speeches in the parliamentary debate on either side. The resulting overwhelming rejection of the Bill seemed to be at odds with public opinion as documented by recent polls.  The outcome raises interesting questions about the nature of democracy.  We elect our MPs to make decisions on our behalf and sometimes they make decisions that seem out of step with public opinion. How do we hold them to account while avoiding the situation of a national vote on every issue?  It seems unlikely that the debate on assisted dying will be seen as closed so further   consideration of the ethical arguments may be required.