On the 11th September, a bill will come to the House of Commons which will seek to introduce Assisted Dying and as your MP it is my intention to attend and vote on this issue. The bill would enable competent adults who are terminally ill to choose to be provided with medically supervised assistance to end their own life.
I have received numerous letters and emails from people who have strong views on this issue. Leading up to the General Election I made several commitments. One of these was to hold constituency referendums on significant issues before I cast my vote in Parliament. As this is an issue that divides opinion, I felt it was important to seek the views of those I represent before I vote on this particular bill.
All those who take part in the referendum will be kept informed of how I voted and my reasoning for doing so. However, as I have made clear in the past, I will not be bound by the outcome of the referendum as I am your elected representative and not a delegate.
This process should enable local people to be much more connected with the important decisions made on their behalf. Inevitably, some will be disappointed by how I vote, although I hope they will understand my reasoning for doing so.
You can take part in this consultation by completing a survey which can be accessed here and following the instructions.
Just to be clear. I will use all the responses to help me gauge public opinion but the decision on which way I vote will be mine and mine alone. I will however, and uniquely I think, contact you after the debate and the vote to update you on the outcome.
Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this process and I hope you will find it useful.