Patricia Hewitt’s name was the only one on a 1976 press release which called for the age of consent to be reduced to as low as ten, according to a newly uncovered document from when she worked at the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL).

According to The Sun(£) newspaper that unearthed the press release, it says:

“NCCL proposes that the age of consent should be lowered to 14, with special provision for situations where the partners are close in age, or where consent of a child over ten can be proved.”

The Sun goes on to report that the document argues to abolish the crime of incest, saying

“In our view, no benefit accrues to anyone by making incest a crime when committed between mutually consenting persons over the age of consent”

Hewitt has come under fire recently for her involvement with the NCCL at a time when the group Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) was an affiliate. She apologised for her naivety about the group on Thursday.

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