Rival protests took place outside the Royal Courts of Justice last week before a legal challenge over the law on assisted dying. Retired lecturer Noel Conway, 68, who has motor neurone disease, is seeking the right to choose when his life should end with medical help.

Conway’s campaign was supported by euthanasia rights group Dignity in Dying, but opposed by Distant Voices, which erected mock gravestones commemorating disabled people whose lives the group alleges will be put at risk if assisted dying is allowed in the UK.  Conway watched proceedings via video link at Telford Justice Centre.