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Patricia Hewitt 'called for age of consent to be lowered to 10'

A civil rights group press release from 1976 with only the name of ex-Labour minister Patricia Hewitt on it called for the age of consent to be lowered to 10, The Sun claims. She has apologised for the organisation's links to paedophile campaigners.

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Hewitt: I do not support reducing age of consent

Patricia Hewitt said that a proposal by the National Council for Civil Liberties (now Liberty) to reduce the age of consent had not been hers, although she acknowledged that it had been the policy of the organisation and the executive committee.

I do not support reducing the age of consent or legalising incest.

As the NCCL archives demonstrate, I consistently distinguished between consenting relationships between homosexual men, on the one hand, and the abuse of children on the other.

– Patricia Hewitt

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