Maryan Street chickens out

Maryan Street has chickened out of her euthanasia bill. Apparently Labour and her don’t want to make a big issue in election year.

This is the sort of gutlessness that politicians exhibit from time to time.

No proper electorate MP would be so squeamish. She should be rinsed by Labour’s executive for being a coward.

A bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia has been withdrawn amid fears it would become a political football during election year.

Labour MP Maryan Street withdrew her End of Life Choice Bill before today’s member’s bill ballot.

Street said there would probably be only two more days this year in which member’s bills would be considered by the House.  

“Anything that is drawn, including the ones drawn today, will be debated in election year, and I don’t want my bill debated in election year,” she said.

“I’m concerned that it would not get the treatment it deserves. It needs sober, considered reflection, and that’s not a hallmark of election years in my experience.”

The move was simply pragmatism, she said, and she “absolutely” planned to put it back in the ballot after the election.

“Can you understand that sometimes MPs’ thought processes take a swerve in election year?”

Street was believed to have been pressured by Labour colleagues to withdraw the bill amid concerns that some would have to campaign against it, distracting from the rest of the campaign.

This is supposed to be a conscience issue and Maryan has shown she has lost hers. This is why list MPs disgust me, they are answerable to no one but the party and the party has spoken.

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