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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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  • User AvatarDavid Evans 27th Nov - 3:42pm
    I'm afraid Nick is the problem. His decisions on Tuition Fees, NHS reform, Secret Courts, "an end to broken promises" etc have made him massively...
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    He is a Liberal Democrat so the public will not be informed. The Media only report negative or nothing from the Lib/Dems. Its been a...
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    @Moggy are the people you've spoken to people who actually know the constituency? My sense is that Nick is much more than 3% ahead and...
  • User AvatarAmalric 27th Nov - 3:37pm
    It would be lovely to have an edit function. My mistake when I wrote 48 months I meant 24 months.
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 27th Nov - 3:34pm
    I agree that "social cohesion, the price of housing, the ability to get a job ... make a difference." And that immigration doesn't adversely affect...
  • User AvatarMoggy 27th Nov - 3:29pm
    Seeing as though everyone I speak to didn't think Clegg had a snowball's chance in hell of holding his Sheffield seat, this seems rather better...