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Right-to-die shift urged by Health Minister Anna Soubry

8 September 2012 Last updated at 22:52 BST

Terminally ill people seeking help to die should be allowed to obtain assistance in the UK, a newly-promoted health minister has said.

Anna Soubry told the Times it was "ridiculous and appalling" that Britons had to "go abroad to end their life".

She rejected euthanasia, but said "you have a right to kill yourself".

The Department of Health said the views were Ms Soubry's own. The Ministry of Justice said there were no plans for the government to change the law.

Robin Brandt reports.