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Euthanasia And The BBC

EDM number 1273 in 2002-03, proposed by Jim Dobbin on 21/05/2003.

That this House notes the persistent bias of BBC programmes supporting the legalisation of euthanasia; further notes reports from the Disability Rights Commission, Disability Awareness in Action and other bodies that increasing numbers of disabled and sick people are frightened to be admitted to hospital because of the euthanasia campaign; notes the failure of the BBC to interview the disabled or terminally ill unless they declare support for legalised euthanasia; further notes the complete failure of any BBC television or radio news programme to report a major survey of doctors which showed a considerable majority opposed assisted suicide and that almost three out of four would refuse to be involved if such practices were legalised; notes a story in BBC Online undermining the survey and quoting a pro-euthanasia claim that a number of surveys show a small majority of doctors supporting euthanasia; challenges BBC governors to cite such surveys; notes that one survey claiming doctors support euthanasia was conducted for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society and that no report has ever been produced by the internet company responsible for giving the number of doctors circulated, the response rate and other vital information showing the validity of the poll; notes the complete bias in the BBC News report on the tragedy of a mentally ill man who smothered his terminally ill parents, incorrectly claiming that he was discharged whereas he was placed under a two year community and rehabilitation order; and calls on the Government to require the BBC to show impartiality on all issues of public policy.

This motion has been signed by a total of 46 MPs.

Jim Dobbin21/05/2003Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeProposed
Kerry Pollard21/05/2003St AlbansLabourSigned
Brian Iddon21/05/2003Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Joe Benton21/05/2003BootleLabourSigned
Ann Winterton21/05/2003CongletonConservativeSigned
David Drew22/05/2003StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Nicholas Winterton22/05/2003MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Paul Goodman22/05/2003WycombeConservativeSigned
Sydney Chapman22/05/2003Chipping BarnetConservativeSigned
Edward Leigh22/05/2003GainsboroughConservativeSigned
Martin Smyth22/05/2003Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Iris Robinson22/05/2003StrangfordDUPSigned
John Randall22/05/2003UxbridgeConservativeSigned
Elfyn Llwyd03/06/2003Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Colin Breed03/06/2003South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Betty Williams03/06/2003ConwyLabourSigned
John McFall04/06/2003DumbartonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Gregory Campbell04/06/2003East LondonderryDUPSigned
Bill Tynan04/06/2003Hamilton SouthLabourSigned
David Taylor05/06/2003North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Tony Colman05/06/2003PutneyLabourSigned
Jackie Lawrence05/06/2003Preseli PembrokeshireLabourSigned
John Pugh05/06/2003SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Meale05/06/2003MansfieldLabourSigned
Marion Roe09/06/2003BroxbourneConservativeSigned
Nigel Dodds09/06/2003Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Paul Keetch10/06/2003HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Cotter10/06/2003Weston-Super-MareLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Rosindell16/06/2003RomfordConservativeSigned
Eddie McGrady16/06/2003South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
David Crausby18/06/2003Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Nigel Jones23/06/2003CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
David Marshall02/07/2003Glasgow, ShettlestonLabourSigned
Bill Olner04/07/2003NuneatonLabourSigned
Andrew Selous08/07/2003South West BedfordshireConservativeSigned
Marsha Singh09/07/2003Bradford WestLabourSigned
Angela Watkinson09/07/2003UpminsterConservativeSigned
David Amess11/07/2003Southend WestConservativeSigned
Peter Robinson14/07/2003Belfast EastDUPSigned
Robert Walter15/07/2003North DorsetConservativeSigned
Janet Anderson17/07/2003Rossendale & DarwenLabourSigned
Simon Burns08/09/2003West ChelmsfordConservativeSigned
Michael Jabez Foster08/09/2003Hastings & RyeLabourSigned
Ann Widdecombe15/10/2003Maidstone & The WealdConservativeSigned
Andrew Hunter22/10/2003BasingstokeIndependent ConservativeSigned
Laurence Robertson19/11/2003TewkesburyConservativeSigned

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