Tory MP Michael Fabricant: Gay blood ban is unfair and illogical

Published: October 22, 2014

Nick Duffy
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At present, men who have sex with men (MSM) can only give blood in England, Wales and Scotland if they have not had sex for 12 months or more – and remain banned from donating for life in Northern Ireland.

In June, the Department of Health (DH) rejected calls by the Green Party to end the restrictions.

Mr Fabricant, the Conservative MP for Lichfield, introduced a Private Member’s Bill this afternoon under the ten-minute rule, calling for the gay blood ban to be removed.

In addition to Mr Fabricant, the bill was supported by Labour MPs Keith Vaz, Ann Clwyd and Jim FitzPatrick; Liberal Democrats Tim Farron and Duncan Hames; Tory MPs Nigel Evans, Sir Tony Baldry, Sir John Randall, Steve Baker, and Aidan Burley, and Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards.

The bill was tabled for a second reading on Friday March 6.

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