Johnson ‘backtracks on conversion therapy ban’ following furious backlash

PM is reported to have ‘changed his mind’ after it was announced ministers had dropped plans to legislate to outlaw the practice.

31 March 2022

Boris Johnson has reportedly performed a hasty retreat after sparking a furious backlash following an announcement that ministers were abandoning plans to ban so-called conversion therapy.

A Government spokesman had earlier confirmed that they were looking instead at ways of preventing it through existing law and “other non-legislative measures”.

It followed the leak of a Downing Street briefing paper seen by ITV News which said “the PM has agreed we should not move forward with legislation” to outlaw the practice.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street
Boris Johnson is reported to have ‘changed his mind’ (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

However within hours of the announcement, the journalist who broke the original story quoted a senior Government source as saying legislation would be included in the Queen’s Speech in May.

ITV News UK editor Paul Brand tweeted that the Prime Minister had “changed his mind” after seeing the reaction to the earlier announcement.

He said the legislation would cover “only gay conversion therapy, not trans”.

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