Bake Off’s Prue Leith hopes Scotland will ‘lead the way’ with assisted dying
21.11.2023 - 20:25
Great British Bake Off judge Dame Prue Leith hopes Scotland will “lead the way” by passing new laws on assisted dying.
The Bake Off star is supporting legislation proposed by Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur and she travelled to Holyrood to urge MSPs to back his member's bill.
Dame Prue, who is patron of Dignity in Dying, has campaigned for a change in the law after her elder brother David suffered a “really horrible death” from bone cancer more than a decade ago.
With Mr McArthur’s member’s bill due to come before Holyrood next year, she urged MSPs in the Scottish Parliament to back the change – saying the legislation could come forward there “before we manage anything in England”.
Dame Prue urged politicians at both Holyrood and Westminster to “take notice” of Mr McArthur’s Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill, describing it as “really important”.
Speaking to the PA news agency she told how she wanted “Scotland to lead the way” and pass the legislation.
She added that the Bill has a “really good chance”, as unlike at Westminster it can not be talked out, and will have to come before MSPs for a vote.
Speaking ahead of an event with Mr McArthur in the Scottish Parliament, Dame Prue said that “in Scotland there are over 75% of the public are in favour of a change in the law”.
While MSPs have twice voted down attempts to legislate for assisted dying at Holyrood, Dame Prue said that the “mood has changed” post Covid.
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She explained: “I think it is partly to do with people are thinking more about death.
“Covid made us think about death, a lot of people died during Covid and people began to think about