Alba Party candidate condemned for ‘dangerous and irresponsible’ lie Stonewall wants to lower age of consent

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04/12/2021

A Scottish Alba Party parliamentary candidate has been condemned for spreading the ‘dangerous and irresponsible’ lie that Stonewall wants to lower the age of consent to 10-years-old. Margaret Lynch, the Central Scotland candidate for Alex Salmond’s recently-formed Alba party, made the comments at the party’s Women’s Conference on Saturday (10 April). Lynch made the untrue claim that Stonewall Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland were advocating for reducing the age of consent to 10-years-old because they are two of more than 1,500 member organisations of ILGA World, a global LGBT+ charity. ILGA World is a signatory of the Feminist Declaration by the Women’s Rights Caucus, which outlines steps towards global gender equality. One section of the declaration reads: “Eliminate all laws and policies that punish or criminalise same-sex intimacy, gender affirmation, abortion, HIV transmission non-disclosure and exposure, or that limit the exercise of bodily autonomy, including laws limiting legal capacity of adolescents, people with disabilities or other groups to provide consent to sex or sexual and reproductive health services or laws authorising non-consensual abortion, sterilisation, or contraceptive use.” At no point does the declaration mention lowering the age of consent.

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