Age of consent calls rejected

The Government has rejected calls from a leading public health expert to lower the age of consent, from 16 to 15. Professor John Ashton says society sends "confused" signals about when sex is permitted.

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Clegg 'not in favour' of lowering age of consent

Nick Clegg said he was "not in favour" of lowering the age of consent from 16 to 15 following calls from a leading health expert.

The Deputy Prime Minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, "The age of consent has been in British law for generations in order to protect children.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

I think this health expert is right in saying there's a problem - we have far too high levels of teenage pregnancy.

"Do I simply think that a blanket reduction in the age of consent is the answer to this difficult dilemma? No".

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