Euthanasia debate

Debate, Barter Books, Alnwick, Sunday, March 4, 7.30pm. £5.

A FASCINATING debate is in store next month, as Tom Shakespeare and Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick thrash out the issue of legalising assisted suicide.

Shakespeare, who trained at Cambridge University and has worked at the universities of Sunderland, Leeds and Newcastle, will be taking the For position.

Since 2008, he has worked in the Disability and Rehabilitation team at the World Health Organization and has written and broadcast widely about bioethics and disability rights’ issues.

Dr Fitzpatrick, OBE, will be in the Against seat.

He is the leading figure in Not Dead Yet UK’s negative response to the call for a law allowing euthanasia/assisted suicide.

A former university teacher, his many roles include Disability Rights Commissioner for Wales from 2000 to 2007.

This debate, sponsored by Barter Books in cooperation with Newcastle University, is the first of an occasional series of debates to take place throughout the year on a wide variety of important subjects.

There will be wine and cheese afterwards.

To be assured of a seat, it is advised to arrive early, with doors opening at 7pm.