LETTER: Representing local wishes

I was appalled by the lack of knowledge shown by Caroline Ansell MP in her ‘House to Home’ article [Herald, August 28]. I am a member of Dignity in Dying and have followed the forming of Lord Falconer’s Bill step by step, word by word for more than two years. It is obvious that Mrs Ansell has little or no knowledge of the contents, objectives, and safety features embedded within the Bill yet she states that ‘in all conscience’ she will oppose the Bill. I would like to remind Mrs Ansell that she was not elected just to follow her conscience. She is in her position to represent the wishes of her constituents.

This rigid stance, taken without listening to any of the debates in Parliament, to increase her knowledge or considering the opinions of a very large number of her constituents, is not what I would want or expect of my MP – the person representing me in Parliament.

I would have hoped that she would at least have researched the positive outcomes of similar Acts or Bills that have been in operation for several years in many other countries throughout the world. Can she not even consider the trauma experienced by so many of her fellow country men and women who have been obliged to travel to other countries so that they can die with dignity?

I shall remember her attitude, closed mind and lack of consideration when I cast my vote at the next General Election and I am sure that I won’t be the only one of her constituents to do so.

Maggie de Vos

Wellington Quay

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