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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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No 10: Hewitt's apology 'the right approach'

Prime Minister David Cameron believes Patricia Hewitt's apology over the NCCL's links to paedophile campaigners was "the right approach", Number 10 said.

Patricia Hewitt said she did not support reducing the age of consent. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Pressure continues to mount on Harriet Harman to follow Ms Hewitt's example and apologise with Tory defence minister Anna Soubry telling BBC1's Question Time the Labour deputy leader had handled the story "very badly."

"If she had just come out and apologised, it would have gone away. I don't think she has done herself any favours. Neither has Jack Dromey," she said.

Asked if Mr Cameron agreed, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "It's a matter for Harriet Harman but the PM thinks that what Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti and Patricia Hewitt have done is the right approach."

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