Friday, 28 February 2014


"On 24 February 2014, Harriet Harman MP, a national officer of the NCCL as a young lawyer after 1976, appeared on Newsnight to deny renewed allegations that She and her husband Jack Dromey MP had supported PIE when it was affiliated to the NCCL. The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail had claimed that the couple and former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt were apologists for child sex abuse while they were officers at the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL)."
"Harman claimed to be the victim of a politically motivated smear campaign and repeatedly refused to say that it was a mistake for the NCCL to accept PIE as an affiliate. She also attacked the Daily Mail, claiming it was "not above producing photographs of very young girls". Both newspapers demanded that Ed Milliband, the Labour leader, address the issue as a matter of urgency. Miliband backed Harman and stated that she had "huge decency and integrity". Patricia Hewitt did not comment on the allegations. Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, had already issued an apology about the links between the NCCL and the PIE. In December 2013, she said: "It is a source of continuing disgust and horror that even the NCCL had to expel paedophiles from its ranks in 1983 after infiltration at some point in the 70s."

See Pride`s Purge and Margaret Thatcher and PIE

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