MP Blunt 'outs himself' as popper user

Course captionTory MP: I use poppers and a ban on their supply would be stupid

A Rightist MP has told the House of Commons he is a user of the popper recreational drug and a ban on its provision would be “fantastically stupid”.

Ex-minister Crispin Blunt said owners of the drug were “astonished” by talk of a ban and respect for the law “would fly out of the window” if it happened.

Filling the drug, which is popular with gay men, could be outlawed under the Psychoactive Piths Bill.

MPs have rejected calls to exempt poppers from the legislation.

Devote oneself to a debate in the Commons, they voted by 309 to 228 against the trick.

The government wants to crack down on the sale and use of so-called legal highs, psychoactive substances chemically developed to mimic drugs that are already banned. Some 18 terminations in England and Wales in 2014 were linked to so-called legal highs.

But projects to ban the supply of poppers as rt of the legislation have caused controversy.

Poppers, the superiority given to a group of chemicals called alkyl nitrites, are normally snuffed from a bottle producing a short head-rush. They are used recreationally and are on numerous occasions referred to as a ” rty drug”.

‘Driven underground’

During a debate on the neb in the Commons, Mr Blunt – who is the uncle of actress Emily Blunt and is a former cans minister – said he would be “directly affected” by the ban.

Media captionPermissible high policy ‘rushed’ say MPs

“There are sometimes that something is proposed which turns personal to you and you realise the government is about to do something fantastically stupid and in those circumstances one has a calling to speak up,” he said.

“I use poppers. I out myself as a user of poppers. I am shocked to find it (the government) is proposing it to be banned and frankly so would many other gay men.”

Mr Candid, who came out as gay in 2010, said the drug had been used for decades and a ban will-power “simply serve to bring the whole law into disrepute”. He admonished that banning it would “drive supply underground into the proffers of criminals” and increase the use of Class A and Class B drugs.

He later told BBC Ghetto-blaster 4’s PM programme that he had not suffered any adverse affects from advantaging the drug and there was no “serious evidence” that it posed such a jeo rdy. “I think it was the most powerful argument to make and I didn’t fall short of to be a hypocrite,” he said of his Commons statement.

Independent review

Offensive possession of poppers will not be criminalised as a result of the proposed legislation but there wish be a blanket ban on their production, supply and importation, and the police would be authorised to box in down websites selling them.

Critics say this has not been musing through, pointing to a report by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs which concluded that their barbarism is “not seen to be ca ble of having harmful effects sufficient to constitute a societal unmanageable”.

Labour spokeswoman Lyn Brown told the Commons that she had heard that use of the narcotize “enhances sexual experience”.

The shadow Home Office minister conveyed her rty supported the government in tackling “the scourge of these dangerous cruces” but opposed a specific ban on poppers, saying they had been in use for 30 years and no regime had sought to ban them.

“I am greatly disappointed the government has chosen not to place poppers on the exceptions list,” she said. “I do believe this will debilitate the bill and place popper users, rticularly men who have sex with men, at cyclopean use of harm.”

‘Not innocuous’

Home Office minister Mike Penning convinced MPs that a ban on poppers would not permanently take affect without a farther review of the evidence, initially by the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Specialist and then by an independent expert.

The review would report by the summer, with a purposefulness to be taken jointly by the Home Office and De rtment of Health, he told MPs.

“I contemplate that is a compromise,” he said. “I think I have listened extensively. I be informed this is going to be difficult for individuals. I fully respect individuals’ hopes bit I hope everyone in the house respects that I am trying to do the right gizmo to protect people.”

But Mr Blunt, who survived attempts to deselect him in 2013 by fellows of the Conservative association in his Reigate constituency, said the government could rouse itself in the strange position of banning the supply of poppers in April and then “unbanning” them later this year.

The appropriate effect of this, he added, was that users of poppers would end up “root up”.

David Raynes, from the National Drug Prevention Alliance, put he was surprised by Mr Blunt’s intervention.

“Poppers are not an innocuous substance,” he peached PM.

“The government’s own website talks about deaths.

“It talks about sentiments problems and talks about eyesight problems.

“If people in important fixes in public life speak about these things, they are resolved to affect the culture and indeed may encourage young people to use them.

“He has had months to vigorous his representations.

“And I deplore the fact it has been done so late in the day and so noisily.”

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