Respectfully, I have never met Wakefield. The GMC and Brian Deer did insist that he performed unnecessary invasive testing on children--but EVERY SINGLE PARENT of those children likewise insist that Wakefield and his colleagues were the first doctors who actually listened to the parents' reports that their children suffered severe intestinal disorders, and tried to find a MEDICAL cause. Before Wakefield, there wasn't a single doctor who DIDN'T say "Oh, there's no medical problem here, there's nothing wrong with your child's digestion, that's just how autistic children act."
EVERY SINGLE PARENT insists that the tests Wakefield performed were diagnostically necessary.
EVERY SINGLE PARENT whose child's blood was sampled at the birthday party gave permission for such a sample to be drawn.
EVERY SINGLE PARENT defended Wakefield.
You can read their own words, in their book Silenced Witnesses: http://www.cryshame.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=123&Itemid=228
I don't think it makes sense to ignore the parents' reports and parrot the conclusion of the GMC's and pharma-funded Brian Deer's witch hunt.