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Iris Robinson Gay Cure Adviser Investigated


A psychiatrist and adviser to antigay former Northern Irish member of parliament Iris Robinson has been reported to the United Kingdom's General Medical Council for claiming he could cure patients of homosexuality.

Paul Miller worked for Robinson back in 2008, when she recommended that a gay man who had been the victim of a hate crime should undergo counseling, calling homosexuality an "abomination."

London-based journalist Patrick Strudwick, who is gay, went undercover and was treated by Miller. He filed the complaint with the GMC.

"It was very disturbing because I was acutely aware during the sessions of the effect this would be having on a vulnerable young person had I been genuinely seeking treatment," he said.

Strudwick, who wrote about his experiences with Miller in The Independent, said the doctor told him he had been wounded as a child, his explanation for why he is gay.

Robinson stepped down from parliament earlier this year to deal with what she called a "lifelong battle with depression." She revealed days later that she had cheated on her husband while in office.

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