Edinburgh backs assisted dying

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EIGHT out of ten people in Edinburgh believe assisted dying should be made legal, a new poll claimed today.

The survey showed support for a new law to allow people in certain circumstances to choose to end their own life was stronger in Scotland than any other part of the UK.

Two severely disabled men today went to the Court of Appeal in an attempt to change laws governing the right to die.

Paul Lamb, 58, who was paralysed from the neck down in a car accident, wants a doctor to help him to die. He has taken up the case begun by the late Tony Nicklinson. The other man, known only as Martin, is seeking a change to the prosecution of assisted suicide.