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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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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.

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