MP’s hair bill defeated in Commons

A PERSONAL injury law expert has said hairdressing accidents will continue in their hundreds after Morecambe’s MP saw his bid for strict regulation of hairdressers defeated in Parliament.

Deborah Evans, chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, said Parliament had “failed to act” by voting 67-63 against David Morris’s Hairdressing Bill.

“Terrible injuries, including chemical burns, anaphylactic reactions, scarring and blood poisoning are too frequent for the hairdressing industry to continue to be left to its own devices,” she said.

“As a result of Parliament’s failure to act we will unfortunately continue to see these injuries in their hundreds each year. For MPs to dismiss this issue so quickly is very disappointing.

“We can hope that, at the very least, the Bill has made people aware of the risks carried by particular treatments so they will seek to visit a qualified, professional hairdresser who can handle them with the expertise they need and deserve.”