Campaigners' joy over Lords vote

Mental health campaigners are celebrating after the House of Lords voted in favour of an amendment to the Mental Health Bill that would prevent people being sectioned solely on the basis of drug use, sexual identity, disorderly behaviour or cultural, religious or political beliefs.

Rowena Daw, vice-chair of the Mental Health Alliance, said: "The current Mental Health Act has several exclusions such as 'sexual deviancy' that need to be updated, but not removed entirely, as the Bill proposes. In the absence of exclusions, there is a risk the act could be misused."

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