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Alta Fixsler: European court says UK hospital can withdraw life support

ECHR rejects appeal from parents of girl who suffered severe brain injury at birth

A Manchester hospital may withdraw life support from a seriously brain-damaged child after the European court of human rights rejected an appeal by the girl’s family.

The decision was “devastating” for the parents of two-year-old Alta Fixsler, said lawyers for the family. They “only want to see every option explored to try and save their daughter’s life”, the lawyers added.

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Three in four Britons back assisted dying for terminally ill – poll

Strong public support for change in law not shared by MPs, with only 35% agreeing, YouGov survey finds

Three-quarters of Britons support doctor-assisted dying for people who are terminally ill, compared with one in three MPs, according to a poll.

The fresh evidence of overwhelming public backing for a change in the law comes as a private member’s bill on assisted dying is awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords.

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Taylor Wimpey lifts profit target after building record number of homes

Company constructed more than 7,300 houses in first half of 2021 after Covid hit earnings a year earlier

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Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s biggest housebuilders, has returned to profit and upgraded its earnings targets after building a record number of homes in the first six months of the year.

The High Wycombe-based firm built more than 7,300 homes in the first half of 2021, almost all of which have been pre-sold, allowing the company to lock in the benefit of soaring house prices triggered by cheap loans, the government’s stamp duty holiday and a pandemic-driven preference for larger houses.

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