MP to hold surgery on assisted dying bill

Galloway SNP MP Richard Arkless is to hold a surgery day next Wednesday, September 2, to consider the arguments around the Assisted Dying Bill which will be debated in the House of Commons on Friday 11th September.

Richard Arkless said:“I have been contacted by a large number of my constituents on both sides on the argument and I have been touched by the personal stories they have shared with me on this subject.

“I have to stress that the Bill which is being presented in the Westminster Parliament would only affect England and Wales. This is a topic which has come up previously in the Scottish Parliament but on both occasions the Bills failed to pass. Assisted dying remains outlawed in Scotland.

“However I do think this Bill will have an impact on Scotland in that many people living in Scotland may be free, depending on the wording of the Bill, to travel the short distance to England to die.

“Any vote on this Bill will be a matter of conscience, in that SNP members will take their own view on whether to vote, and which way to vote.

“I realise that this is a very important issue for a lot of people and I want to take this opportunity to listen to my constituents before I make any final decision on this matter.”

The surgery will take place in the constituency office in Dumfries on Wednesday 2nd September between 10am and 5pm.

Appointments to attend the surgery can be made by calling the Dumfries constituency office on 01387 265 698. Anyone who is unable to attend can also write to Mr Arkless at the constituency office at Unit 7, Loreburne Centre, High Street, Dumfries DG1 2BD and put their point of view or email him at