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Government kills Bill

AN MP has accused the Government of using "disgraceful parliamentary tactics" to block a Bill that would prevent the legal practice of euthanasia in health service hospitals, writes Citra Sidhu.

The Bill's sponsor, Ann Winterton, condemned the "deliberate filibuster" of a non-controversial Bill which preceding the discussion of her Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill in the Commons last week.

Mrs Winterton said: "It is scandalous that the Government has deliberately conspired in the filibuster of the uncontroversial Carers and Disabled Children Bill, which has cross-party support, in order to prevent time being available for my Bill."

The anti-euthanasia Bill aimed to reverse a legal ruling, which allowed courts to sanction the death of patients by starvation and dehydration by classifying food and fluids as medical treatment.

Mrs Winterton, MP for Congleton, has vowed to "fight on" and has tabled the Bill for debate today. She also appealed to the public to express their outrage at the "underhand tactics" to the Prime Minster himself.

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