A new YouGov poll commissioned by the Jewish Chronicle has found that the majority of Britons (38%) now back a ban on medically unnecessary male circumcision.
- 37% of the public support Labour
- 27% of the public support the Conservatives
- 17% of the public support UKIP
- 10% of the public support the LibDems
Glen Poole, director of the gender equality consultancy Helping Men, said:
"Ending religious circumcision in the UK is now more popular with the British public than any of the political parties. As the majority of British people want to ban this dangerous practice, it is time for the Government to lead the nation in having the difficult conversations required to end medically unnecessary male circumcision in the UK.
"The Government's 'call to end violence against women and girls strategy' makes it clear that harmful practices like female genital mutilation are unacceptable in a modern equal society. But surely protecting girls against unnecessary genital surgery whilst turning a blind eye as surgery is performed on their brothers, is also not acceptable in a modern equal society.
"It is now five years since the NSPCC and the Children's Rights Alliance for England recommended that the Government take action to end the practice of circumcising boys without their consent. In that time baby boys bled to death in the UK as a result of medically unnecessary male circumcision. It is time now, with the public's backing, for the Government to take decisive action to confine this medically unnecessary practice to the history books.
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