MP Margot James slams fellow Tory MP for supporting HIV migrant ban

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Margot James has criticised fellow Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston for supporting plans to restrict people with HIV and Hepatitis B from entering the UK.

Amendment NC21 of the Immigration Bill has been introduced by Dr Phillip Lee, the Conservative MP for Bracknell who is also a former doctor. It has the support of several other Tory MPs.

It is unlikely to pass or even be debated due to the large number of other amendments tabled.

Ms James, Conservative MP for Stourbridge, tweeted PinkNews to say the amendment would infringe on existing UN declarations.

The gay MP also criticised Dr Sarah Wollaston, the MP for Totnes, on Twitter.

And Tory MP Dr Phillip Lee.

There has been cross party condemnation of proposals by backbench Tories to restrict the movement of HIV positive migrants.

Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Minister Chris Bryant tweeted that it was a discriminatory idea.

Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert described it as “astonishing”.

HIV charities say they are alarmed by the amendment, which would infringe on a number of existing human rights laws and United Nations declarations.

Earlier, the Home Office distanced itself from the amendment, saying it does not reflect existing government policy and that it has no plans to introduce health screening for conditions such as HIV or hepatitis.