I take this issue very seriously and I know that my colleagues in the Equalities Office remain committed to tackling conversion therapy in the UK. I am absolutely clear that this practice has no place in civilised society. Being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not an illness to be treated or cured.
I am incredibly proud of the progress that the UK has made, first developing a vaccine and now rolling out a vaccination programme at pace. Locally over half of West Worcestershire residents have been offered their first dose of the vaccine and some have started receiving their second jab.
I share your concerns about the appalling human rights situation in Xinjiang and the Chinese Government's deepening crackdown on Uyghur Muslims, including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in ‘political re-education camps’ and reports of birth rate suppression.