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Opinion: Why Liberal Democrats should support lowering the age of consent

Liberal Democrats have long-championed the rights of young people. We were the first major party to call for the voting age to be lowered to 16. We were the only party in 2010 which committed to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into UK law. In government, we have ended the detention of children for immigration purposes. But in one area of personal freedom and development, we remain distinctly illiberal: the age of consent.

In response to the recent calls from Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, to lower the age of consent …

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Opinion: Prisoner voting and the rule of law

Liberal Democrats have always been proud defenders of the rule of law. As our manifesto stated in 2010, the values of ‘fairness and the rule of law’ lie at the heart of our foreign policy. However, just as we call on other states such as Burma, Belarus and Zimbabwe to respect the rule of law, so we must be ever vigilant that there is no weakening of this fundamental principle at home. The Liberal Democrat policy on the Justice and Security Bill at conference in September was a powerful reminder to the leadership on how seriously we, as a party, take this issue.

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    Southern isn't in breach of contract because the contract goalposts have been moved by the DfT to ensure it doesn't happen. It could get embarrassing...
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    "Why not just take the rail contracts back into public sector when they end and have done with it? If Southern Rail is failing surely...
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    Come on, fellow Liberal Democrats, Tim has given us an update on our principles and values in this excellent speech, it's up to us now...
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    @ John Stone. Agreed.
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    I've been a LibDem member for over 10 years but reading some of the comments above, especially those which abandon principle for tactical advantage, make...
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    I read the speech. Not sure about "Britain is the most ... innovative nation in the world." Silicon Valley exists because California was less conformist...