1. National

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.

View all 10 updates ›

Health expert calls for lower age of consent

A leading public health expert has called for a national debate on lowering the age of consent from 16 to 15.

Those backing the move say a third of 15-year-olds are sexually active - and they need better access to contraception and advice.

Those opposed say there's already too much pressure on young people to have sex.Neil Connery reports.

More top news

  • I Clegg your pardon?

    Nick Clegg reads out hilarious mean tweets about himself and discovers the public think he has a 'gigantic face' and 'massive hands'.

  • Sunshine just in time

    Cloud and rain will wriggle it's way into the Channel Islands, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly later and here it'll feel muggy.