The government under Theresa May had promised to ban conversion therapy which seeks to “cure” a person of their sexual orientation.
Her successor Boris Johnson subsequently promised that it would be.
However a government spokesperson told Sky News that the practice would not be outlawed.
A briefing paper from Downing Street said that the PM had agreed that the government should not move forward with legislation to ban LGBT conversion therapy.
Just three hours later and following a backlash from politicians on both sides of the house the government backtracked and said that it would not in fact ban conversion therapy.
However, it will outlaw only gay conversion therapy and not trans conversion therapy, with some MPs arguing that such ban would prevent parents supporting their children who might be questioning their gender.