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David Cameron on forced marriage reforms

The government is to consult on making it a criminal offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to force a person to marry against their will.

Earlier this year the Home Office rejected the idea amid fears victims might be put off coming forward.

In a speech David Cameron also announced plans to make it a criminal offence to breach orders imposed by the courts to prevent forced marriages taking place.

People should not "shy away" from addressing the issue because of "cultural concerns", he said.