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17:00 Thank you for following our live blog. At this stage, following Baroness Howe’s speech, there were 45 speeches against the Bill and 45 speeches in favour of the Bill. Continue watching here.

16:56 Baroness Howe of Idlicote says that she has received lots of letters and they are all opposed to assisted suicide. She argues that the title ‘Assisted Dying’ Bill is worryingly vague and that the safeguards in Lord Falconer’s Bill are too flimsy.

16:50 Lord Finkelstein supports the Bill and argues that ‘fear of being a burden’ is not a reason to oppose legalising assisted suicide. The reasons for opting for assisted suicide should not matter says Lord Finkelstein;it is up to the individual why they choose assisted suicide and is no business of the state.

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16:39 Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws opposes the Bill. She argues the Bill carries us across an important line and will change the moral landscape. “It is a fundamental principle of law that we should safeguard life and it’s too important to abandon it.” She asks how many people in our communities have real choice and says that sociey is becoming a “harder place” and is full of people who have very few choices.

16:30 Baroness Young of Old Scone, who supports the Bill, argues that health care professionals are too scared to discuss patient’s options for fear of prosecution.

16:26 Lord Singh, who is Sikh, says there is an “unhealthy obession” with the indiivudal driving a change in the law, which he opposes. He argues that the Bill moves us away from enhancing care and might encourage greedy relatives to pressure vulnerable family members.

16:20 Viscount Eccles is opposed to the Bill and argues that while there is still much to do in palliative care, licensing assisted suicide is not the solution.

16:13 Lord Harrison supports the Bill and argues that the slippery slope argument against legalising assisted suicide is the “most slippery of all.”

16:07 Baroness Masham of Ilton, who is paraplegic, tells the House that the majority of disabled people oppose assisted suicide. She argues that doctors should not become “killing machines” and reminds the Lords about the “monster” Harold Shiplam who killed his patients.

16:06 Lord Howarth argues that civilisation is always fragile and that he is horrified that we might have a society where it becomes routine to end the lives of the elderly, sick and disabled.

15:58 Lord Condon, who opposes the Bill, tells the House: “I just cannot overcome the reservations I feel.” He says that there is an absence of detail in the Bill about safeguards and that the current law works. He also predicts that many elderly and disabled people will become “diminsihed and downgraded” if this Bill becomes law. He calls for a Royal Commission to look into the case for legalising assisted suicide instead.

15:55 Lord Graham of Edmonto, supports the Bill, he tells the House that his cab driver this morning asked him to support the Bill.

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15:53 You can access the full text of Baroness Campbell’s speech here.

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