Treason laws outdated, says Lord Goldsmith

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Britain's ancient laws of treason are out of date and should be overhauled, a senior government adviser will tell the Prime Minister this week.

Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, will use the findings of his review of citizenship and constitutional reform to call for a modernisation of laws dating back to 1351, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

When he reports to Gordon Brown on Tuesday he will argue that treason laws, which include the offence of sleeping with the wife of the heir to the throne (punishable by life imprisonment), are archaic and inapplicable in modern society.

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