Michael Fabricant’s ban from PinkNews Awards lifted after ‘misunderstanding’ at Speaker’s Office

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Tory MP Michael Fabricant was formally banned from attending the PinkNews Awards today — although the ban was later lifted after the House of Commons said there was “a misunderstanding.”

Earlier today, the Conservative MP for Lichfield took to Twitter after being told he would be “formally banned from attending” the PinkNews Awards due to be held later today.

The invite only event, held in the State Rooms at Speaker’s House, is to be introduced by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. Mr Bercow is a well known supporter of LGBT rights and his coat of arms features a rainbow flag together with the pink triangle; both symbols of gay rights, around the words “All Are Equal”.

However, Mr Fabricant condemned the Speaker for the ban, posting several tweets alleging he was “banned personally by #Bercow.”

He tweeted:

He added: “I am going to be mentioned tonight at @pinknews event for work on #EqualBlood. Or will #Speaker try and censor the event?”

Mr Fabricant introduced a Private Member’s Bill last week under the ten-minute rule, calling for an end to the 12-month deferral on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

Following the news of his ban, Mr Fabricant tweeted he had “raised the matter” in the Chamber as a Point of Order.

Shortly after, the Speaker’s Office responded with an email which read: “I can confirm that you are welcome to attend the event in Speaker’s House tonight.

“There was a misunderstanding within our office and I apologise that you were given incorrect information.”

The MP tweeted in response:

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