February meeting: Assisted Dying

When: Wednesday 7th February, 7.30pm
Where: West Greenwich Community & Arts Centre (map)
Tickets: please book your place on eventbrite; we are asking for a donation of £3
Speaker: Nathan Stilwell

Assisted Dying has been on and off the headlines at various points throughout recent years. It brings up many thoughts, emotions and opinions but, despite having support from the majority of the public, seems to lack political traction. We have held many meetings exploring this issue over the years but thought it was time to revisit. With a general election in the near future and Starmer indicating that Labour would make government time available for private member’s bill to allow assisted dying, now is a good time to get updates about recent developments, especially how the campaign has changed since Covid, and ways forward. And we are thrilled to be joined by a real expert who will give a short presentation before allowing plenty of time for Q&A and discussion.

If we wish to talk more than the time allows, we have some tables reserved at the nearby Richard I pub in Greenwich to continue discussing over a drink.

Nathan Stilwell works for Humanist UK as their Assisted Dying Campaigner, as well as working for the organisation My Death, My Decision and being the secretariat for the Assisted Dying Coalition. He has presented to parliament in the Isle of Man, written multiple reports and consultations on assisted dying and has been on Sky News, BBC News and several radio stations to argue for a compassionate law. He joined Humanist UK at the start of 2022 after spending two years working for the Jo Cox Foundation and two years in Brussels at a political communications agency. Nathan has lived in England, Scotland, Belgium and France and speaks fluent French, he is an avid theatre-goer and plays in the charity softball league in his spare time.