Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has described today’s debate on the right to die as the “most moving” in his ten years as an MP.
It was proposed to allow adults in England and Wales with six months or under to live to end their lives with medical supervision.
Mr Lancaster, who voted against the Bill, said: “I remain unconvinced that adequate protections are in place to prevent vulnerable people becoming even more vulnerable and potentially pressurised into a course of action they may not wish to follow.”
If given the go-ahead, the Bill would have meant that someone who is terminally ill could be prescribed a lethal dose of drugs.
Two doctors and a High Court judge would have had to approve every case.
Mr Lancaster added: “I must say that in the 10 years I’ve been in Parliament this has been one of the most moving I’ve ever listened to, with emotional and passionate arguments on both sides.
“I was equally moved by the concerns expressed by several Parliamentary colleagues who are doctors, that it would fundamentally change the relationship between Doctor and patient.”