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

MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years.

In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. In a passionate debate, some argued the plans allowed a "dignified and peaceful death" while others said they were "totally unacceptable".

Pro-assisted dying campaigners said the result showed MPs were out of touch.

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Britain 'to scrap human right laws that let terrorists and criminals stay in UK'

Britain could pull out of controversial human rights law that lets terrorists and criminals stay in the UK, the Government's legal adviser has suggested.

Jeremy Wright admitted he "doesn't know" if the UK will still be signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights in five years' time.

The Attorney General also blasted claims by his predecessor Dominic Grieve that Britain quitting the Convention would turn it into "a pariah state by European standards".

He said: "It isn't solely the maintenance of our membership of the European convention that demonstrates our adherence to the principles of human rights."

Abu Qatada's deportation from Britain was repeatedly blocked by the court – costing taxpayers a staggering £2million over 10 years.

The court, in the French city of Strasbourg, has also ruled that UK prisoners should be allowed to vote.

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Was it lawful for UK forces to kill British Isis fighters in Syria?

Can it ever be lawful for British forces to kill would-be terrorists, as David Cameron today confirmed has happened in the case of two Britons fighting with Islamic State in Syria? Surely the rule of law demands that suspects be arrested, tried and imprisoned if found guilty by a court?

UK forces kill British Isis fighters in targeted drone strike on Syrian city

English law allows a person to use such force as appears reasonable in self-defence or for the defence of others. And pre-emptive force may be used to ward off an imminent attack. So it would be lawful for the police or armed forces to shoot terrorists in London if that was the only way of stopping them setting off a bomb.

But what if the terrorists are abroad?

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