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MP calls for hairdress registration law

A Conservative MP has launched a bid to introduce a compulsory register of hairdressers.

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris, a former salon owner, wants hairdressers to be registered in the same way as doctors and dentists because they use harmful chemicals.

Under the accreditation scheme, rogue hairdressers would be struck off.

Presenting his Hairdressers Registration (Amendment) Bill to the Commons on 30 November 2011, Mr Morris said the whole industry supported the move.

He explained that the bill would remove "unqualified individuals who harm people from this industry".

He cited one example of a woman who had her hair coloured and straightened on the same day causing burns to her scalp and her hair to break off.

"The poor girl had to get married in a wig one week later," he added.

But his Conservative colleague, David Nuttall, opposed the bill arguing it would place an unnecessary burden on hairdressers.

He said he did not believe there was demand for a mandatory register, adding: "We do not want to criminalise hairdressers for simply not having a licence."

Mr Nuttall forced a vote on the bill which was subsequently defeated by 67 votes to 63, a majority of 4.

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