UK: Assisted suicide could be legal in months as more MPs say they will vote in favour of a law change

Liberal Democrat minister Norman Lamb said he would vote in favour

MPs have expressed support for new legislation on assisted suicide which will be put before Parliament in months – bringing the act a step closer to becoming legal.

The Government is giving MPs a free vote on Lord Falconer’s Bill, which would allow doctors to help terminally ill people to die to relieve their suffering.

Under current law, it is illegal to assist someone to take their own life – with a punishment of up to 14 years in jail.

Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat minister responsible for care of the elderly and disabled, told the Sunday Telegraph he would vote in favour of the move.