Blood row protest

The Royal Horticultural Halls had to bring in extra security around one
of its events yesterday after protesters set up pickets outside.

A public consultation was being held at the London venue to review the ban on gay men
donating blood. It was organised by the independent Advisory Committee on the
Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs, which advises the government on issues of
blood safety.

The National Union of Students held a protest outside the meeting.

The Royal Horticultural Halls’ head of operations Stuart Medhurst tells conference-news: “We had been alerted to
the fact there was to be a protest and although it was peaceful, we notified
Belgravia Police and Scotland Yard and also brought in extra security.

“We liaised with the organiser of the protest and allocated him a
two-way radio so that all movement could be reported to our team. We had no
trouble on the day and the 40 or so protesters came and went peacefully.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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