The paralysed man who took over the late Tony Nicklinson’s claims on the right to die with the help of a doctor has abandoned anonymity.

Paul Lamb, 58, previously known only as ‘L’, was left paraplegic after a road accident in 1990. In a statement released by solicitor Saimo Chahal of London firm Bindmans, Lamb said: ‘I wish to end my life in a dignified way (and) to find peace.’

Lamb’s case will join that of Tony Nicklinson’s widow, who has been granted the right to pursue a claim under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court of Appeal is to hear the two cases in May.