Early day motion 930

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SUICIDE AND THE CRIMINAL STANDARD OF PROOF

That this House notes that, despite the decriminalisation of suicide in 1961, the criminal standard of proof of beyond all reasonable doubt continues to be applied in reaching a conclusion of suicide in coroners' courts; recognises that this contributes to the stigma around suicide, which prevents many young people from seeking help and support; further recognises that the criminal standard of proof obscures the true scale of suicide in England and Wales and prevents the collection of accurate national statistics; expresses support for the campaign led by the national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young suicide, founded and governed by parents and families who have been touched personally by suicide in young people, to change the burden of proof required by law to that of the Civil Standard, on the balance of probabilities, for reaching a conclusion of suicide; further notes the support this campaign has received from the first Chief Coroner, the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, and many of the suicide prevention and mental health charities across the UK; and calls on the Ministry of Justice to bring forward proposals for a change in the law so that the Civil Standard rather than the criminal standard of proof is applied in determining a suicide cause of death.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Coaker, Vernon Labour Party Gedling 21.02.2017
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 22.02.2017
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 09.02.2017
Field, Frank Labour Party Birkenhead 24.03.2017
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 21.02.2017
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 01.03.2017
Lamb, Norman Liberal Democrats North Norfolk 08.02.2017
Maskell, Rachael Labour Party York Central 30.03.2017
Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport 21.03.2017
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 22.02.2017
Vickers, Martin Conservative Party Cleethorpes 26.04.2017
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 23.02.2017