Author Archives: Richard Wingfield

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 …

Posted in Op-eds | Tagged , and | 27 Comments

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.

Posted in Op-eds | Tagged and | 14 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 17th Jan - 9:10pm
    @expats "I’m afraid Simon Shaw, and you, are suffering a ‘Titanic’ misapprehension…After all, lifeboats sit around ‘idly’ for most of their existence…" But, taking your...
  • User AvatarGlenn 17th Jan - 8:36pm
    I'm a lib Dem Leave voter. I come back to this subject only because I think the pro EU stance is a bit of a...
  • User AvatarNom de Plume 17th Jan - 8:31pm
    @malc That was before May made her speach.
  • User Avatarmalc 17th Jan - 8:23pm
    Nom de Plume "A protest along the lines of what they had against the war in Iraq would be appropriate." The remainers have tried that...
  • User AvatarRoger Billins 17th Jan - 8:22pm
    To the Brexiteers who seem to have unlimited time to blog, great, see you in Copeland, Stoke and the County Council elections and we'll see...
  • User AvatarDon Manley 17th Jan - 8:09pm
    I am a LibDem remainer, but I have to say that I find the PM's approach very sound in the circumstances and I am pleased...