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Demonstrators in London calling on Boris Johnson to ‘stop stalling’ on LGBTI rights. Victoria Jones/PA

Boris Johnson drops plans to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

The move was condemned by opposition parties.

UK PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has dramatically dropped plans for the government to ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy.

A leaked Downing Street briefing paper seen by ITV News said “the PM has agreed we should not move forward with legislation” to outlaw the practice.

In response, a UK government spokesman said they had decided to look at how existing law could be applied more effectively as well as “other non-legislative measures”.

The move was condemned by the Liberal Democrats as giving a “green light to a form of torture” and an “utter betrayal” of the LGBT community.

The announcement came just a day after Equalities Minister Mike Freer told MPs the Government was “wholly committed” to legislation and that work was “progressing at pace”.

However, the leaked briefing document disclosed that ministers involved in drawing up the legislation – including Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who is also Equalities Minister – had not been told of the decision.

“While Liz is not ideologically committed to the legislation, she is likely to be concerned about owning the new position, having personally committed to delivering the Bill,” it said.

It warned that Freer could resign, and that the Prime Minister’s special envoy on LGBT issues, Nick Herbert, may also consider his position.

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