Ex-Labour MP Frank Field announces he is terminally ill as he backs controversial plans to allow assisted dying

A FORMER Labour MP has backed controversial plans to let terminal patients die – by announcing he's dying himself.

Lord Frank Field, 79, revealed he's spent time in a hospice and was too sick to come to Parliament yesterday for a debate on assisted dying.

An emotional statement was read to fellow peers by Baroness Meacher on the ex-welfare minister's behalf.

He said: "I changed my mind on assisted dying when an MP friend dying of cancer wanted to die early before the full horror effects set in, but was denied this opportunity."

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