Pendle MP welcomes new ‘forced marriage’ laws

Andrew Stephenson and the Prime Minister during a visit to Barnoldswick bike component manufacturer Hope.

Andrew Stephenson and the Prime Minister during a visit to Barnoldswick bike component manufacturer Hope.

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Pendle’s MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed the law making forced marriage a criminal offence which came into effect this week and said it was time to “draw a line in the sand”.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, who had described forced marriage in 2011 as “little more than slavery” and “completely wrong”, announced in 2012 that the government intended to make forcing someone to marry a criminal offence in England and Wales.

Following an extensive consultation, proposals were included in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, which became law in March and the new offences have now come into force.

 

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