Jayne Ozanne: Former government equality adviser accuses ministers of ‘dragging their feet’ on ‘gay conversion’ therapies ban

A government equality adviser who quit her post has told Sky News a speech from an equalities minister on “gay conversion” therapies was the “final straw”.

Jayne Ozanne, a member of the government’s LGBT+ Advisory Panel, said she resigned on Wednesday because she felt that ministers were not acting quickly enough to ban the practice.

“There really is no excuse why the government are dragging their feet on this,” she said.

Ms Ozanne added: “This government has shown consistently that it has been silent in the wake of a huge amount of increasing abuse against the trans community,” she said.

She said remarks from equalities minister Kemi Badenoch had left her “appalled” and “frustrated”.

Ms Badenoch told a Westminster Hall debate that the government was “committed to ending conversion therapy in the UK and we take the issue very seriously”.

She added ministers would “set out our next steps soon”.

Ms Ozanne was one of two advisers to quit, being joined later by James Morton, who has been a manager at the Scottish Trans Alliance.

The LGBT+ advisory panel is made up of independent advisers appointed by the women and equalities minister, currently Liz Truss, to provide insight, expertise and guidance on LGBT issues, policy, and interests.

A government spokesman said on Wednesday: “The government is committed to building a country in which everyone, no matter their sexuality, race or religion, is free to live their lives as they choose.

“We have repeatedly made clear that we will take action to end conversion therapy and we are working to bring forward plans to do so shortly.”

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