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MP urges liquid nitrogen drinks ban

Gaby Scanlon almost died after drinking a cocktail Photo: Twitter

An MP will step up demands for a ban on the use of liquid nitrogen in drinks after a teenage constituent from Lancaster needed a life-saving operation to remove her stomach.

Tory David Morris is tabling a Commons motion demanding action from the Department of Health and has written to Prime Minister David Cameron seeking support for action to outlaw the "dangerous" practice.

Gaby Scanlan, 18, was taken to hospital after feeling breathless and developing severe stomach pain after drinking a cocktail during a night out with friends in Lancaster city centre on Thursday.

Lancashire police, who are investigating the incident, said doctors believe the youngster would have died if she had not had the emergency operation.

The early day motion - a device used to demonstrate support among MPs for a campaign - backs a Food Standards Agency public warning against liquid nitrogen drinks and calls for a Government-imposed ban.

Mr Morris, the MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, also hopes to press Mr Cameron on the issue at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday and is seeking a full debate.

"I am very angry that one of my constituents has been injured by liquid nitrogen and as far as I am concerned that is one constituent too many," he said.

"I will be assessing the options to make Parliament aware of what has happened to Gaby and I will ask MPs to consider banning liquid nitrogen drinks before someone else is injured or even killed."