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Bill to raise minimum age of marriage to 18 taken over by Pauline Latham

Pauline Latham, the Member of Parliament for Mid-Derbyshire, has taken over the private members' Bill to raise the minimum legal age of marriage to 18 in England and Wales.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill was presented to Parliament by Sajid Javid on 16 June 2021 through the ballot procedure. When Mr Javid was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Mrs Latham agreed to sponsor the Bill. She has campaigned to end child marriage for more than three years, and brought forward a similar Bill in the last parliamentary session.

The Bill will receive its second reading on 19 November 2021. It has not yet been published.

To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

4/7/21