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Gov says it's 'carefully considering' conversion therapy plans following Christian MP's question

by Kelly Valencia

The Government is said to be "carefully considering" plans to ban conversion therapy, following a written question by Christian MP Alex Cunningham. 

Banning conversion therapy was one of the Conservative promises during the 2019 general elections. Since then, several ministers for women and equalities have tried to make progress on the issue. 

Kemi Badenoch is currently the minister for women and equalities.

In October 2021, the government started a consultation to gather people's experiences and thoughts on banning conversion therapy. 

Launched by the then Equalities Ministers, Liz Truss and Mike Freer, the consultation was extended by eight weeks due to legal threats - it ended in mid-December. 

In April this year, ITV leaked a government document revealing they were planning on dropping legislation on the issue altogether and were looking to explore other non-legislative routes.

But following the backlash from the LGBT+ community, the government U-turned and confirm legislation to ban conversion therapy was moving forward but only to outlaw practices which seek to change someone's sexuality but not those which seek to change people's sexual identity.

In May, and following the government's renewed commitment to ban the practice during the Queen's speech, Mike Freer launched a government-funded support service for victims of conversion therapy.
Since then, no other progress has been made. 

In a recent written question to parliament, labour MP for Stockton North asked when the Government will publish its response to the consultation on its plan to ban LGBT+ conversion practices.

Stuart Andrew, the parliamentary under-secretary for the Minister for Equalities responded: "We are carefully considering all the responses to the consultation and will respond in due course. In the meantime, we have launched a support service open to all victims or those at risk of conversion practices regardless of their background or circumstances." 

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