James Sunderland backs Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill

James Sunderland backs a Private Member’s Bill  to protect children by revoking parental or judicial consent which permits the marriage or civil partnership of a child and to criminalise child marriage or civil partnership under the age of 18.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

I commend my hon. Friend for the repeated use of the word “child”; we are talking about children. We have seen with many other issues an inability to allow kids just to be kids, so I thank him for the work that he is doing and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Derbyshire (Mrs Latham) for her Bill.

Tom Pursglove (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice)

My hon. Friend is very generous. It is fair to say that this has been a team effort, spearheaded by my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Derbyshire with support from Members across the House, which is extremely welcome.