A gay member of parliament has outed himself as a popper user as the UK prepares to make it illegal.
Crispin Blunt, the Conservative MP for Reigate, admitted he would be directly affected by the legislation that would make the supply of poppers punishable by up to seven years in prison.
‘I use poppers myself, I am a popper user and I will be directly affected by this legislation,’ he said to the House of Commons.
‘I’m shocked it’s proposed to be banned and so would very many other gay men. If I follow my own mindset reaction to this, it serves to bring the whole law into disrepute,’ he said.
Blunt said he believes that banning alkyl nitrites would drive the supply to the underground.
‘The issue is about supply and what it might do to someone like me might be to put me into the hands of criminals to get my supply of something that I used to think was perfectly OK.’
British politicians are split over the issue of during the last debate of the Psychoactive Substances Bill, which will ban ‘legal highs’. There are a number of exemptions to the list, including alcohol, nicotine and caffeine.
Blunt’s defense of poppers has come as another gay member of parliament, the Conservative Mike Freer, said poppers even had a medicinal value in that it can be used to treat adder bites.
The bill is expected to clear both its report stage and third reading in Parliament today and become law. Unless Labour, SNP and Conservative MPs unite against a ban, the sale and distribution of poppers will be illegal across the UK from 1 April.