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The government has been urged to remove a “dangerous consent loophole” from plans to ban so-called conversion therapy in England and Wales.

Labour MP Kate Osborne said the proposal to allow informed consent would see abuse continue.

She said research showed adult victims often undertake conversion practices in a religious setting voluntarily, so the law would not protect them.

But one faith group warned against bringing in a “repressive law”.

Conversion therapy is described by the NHS as an attempt to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.