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Assisted dying: Scotland’s next liberal reform?

Date: Wednesday 10th January   /   Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Dundee Humanists to hear Liam McArthur MSP speak on the subject of assisted dying. There will be plenty of time for a Q&A and an opportunity to meet other local humanists.

A Scottish Liberal Democrat, Liam McArthur MSP has been the MSP for Orkney since 2007. He was elected last year as one of two deputy presiding officers at Holyrood.

Liam has long supported the right to choose the time and place of one’s death. He gave his support to efforts at changing the law in Scotland in 2010 and 2015. In November 2022, Liam earned the right to introduce a new members bill which would legalise assisted dying for mentally competent, terminally ill adults in Scotland, with support from 36 cross-party MSPs. He is currently working with parliamentary officials to produce a formal bill.

Liam worked as a special advisor to deputy first minister Jim Wallace in the Lib Dem-Labour coalition government during the first two sessions of the Scottish Parliament. Since being elected in 2007 he has served on various committees, including Finance, Rural Affairs & Environment, Education & Culture, and Justice. He is currently the Scottish Liberal Democrats spokesperson on Justice and the Climate Emergency.

Liam was born in Edinburgh and brought up on the island of Sanday in Orkney. He is a politics graduate of Edinburgh University where he also captained the First XI football team. He is married with two sons.

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Venue: University of Dundee, Dalhousie LT1 (Lecture Theatre 1) (3G02), Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN

The venue is wheelchair accessible. The bus and train stations are within walking distance, and there is paid parking available nearby.