A bill is making its way through Parliament to end marriage of 16 and 17-year-olds with parental consent, which you can read about here.
Launching this survey Richard said "Currently, 16 and 17-year-olds can marry in England and Wales if they have parental consent. The latest figures from the ONS show 43 teenage boys and 140 teenage girls were married with parental consent in 2017. UNICEF, the United Nations children's organisation, regards a marriage of a minor (legal child, a person below the t age of 18), as child marriage and a violation of human rights. Unfortunately, all too often this allows for young people barely of age to be married off to an older partner, caught in a horrible relationship.
"This however is not always true and attempting to coerce someone into a relationship can be prosecuted under existing laws, with forced marriage made a specific offence in 2014. To marry young is a free and personal choice which I know many of my constituents will have faced. In considering this bill and how it will put an end to young marriage with parental consent, I think we should approach the issue with open minds, not judgemental politics, which is why I am keen to hear your views."