IN A move that had pro-lifers claiming an important victory, a Labour MP dropped his attempt to get voluntary euthanasia discussed in the House of Commons last week.
The ten minute rule Bill was due to have been introduced by Piara Khabra, MP for Ealing Southall. According to Mr Khabra's office the request to withdraw the debate had come from the Labour Chief Whip, who sought to give Labour leader John Smith time to respond to former Chancellor Norman Lamont's speech.
But Paul Tully at the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) claimed that the real reason for the withdrawal of the bill lay in Mr Khabra's realisation that the "mood of the House at present is opposed to a
change in the law". Mr Tully said pro-life groups such as SPUC "were confdent the vote would have beet a blow to the euthanasia movement-.
Mr Tully went on to say that he doubted hat Mr !Umbra would "dare" bring up the bill "in the foreseeable :laurel
But he Yarned that "we rust ensure that he government does not forget " about the issue.