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Labour figures’ bizarre link to paedophile groups

15th Sep 2008 | in General News

Harriet Harman was the legal officer in the late 1970s for the National Council for Civil Liberties. When Miss Harman joined NCCL in 1978, PIE, the Paedophile Information Exchange, had already been affiliated for three years

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Their involvement with an organisation to which two groups campaigning for the legalisation of paedophilia were affiliated has come back to challenge three leading Labour Party figures.
Before she became an MP, Harriet Harman was the legal officer in the late 1970s for the National Council for Civil Liberties. When Miss Harman joined NCCL in 1978, PIE, the Paedophile Information Exchange, had already been affiliated for three years. Another group, Paedophile Action for Liberation, a Gay Liberation Front offshoot, had also been affiliated to NCCL until it was absorbed by PIE. PIE, which campaigned for adults to have sex legally with children, only broke off its relationship with NCCL when it went undercover in 1982, the same year that Harriet Harman left her NCCL post to become Member of Parliament for Peckham.
NCCL people were earlier involved in keeping the name of an NCCL council-member, Jonathan Walters, out of the People newspaper when it ran an exposé of Paedophile Action for Liberation, of which he was secretary, in 1975. The People still ran the story, but Walters was not named.
Even more extraordinary is the fact that a current Cabinet Minister was running the National Council of Civil Liberties at the time all this was going on.
The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Health, became General Secretary of NCCL in 1974. The very next year, 1975, NCCL invited the Paedophile Information Exchange and Paedophile Action for Liberation to affiliate. In the year after, 1976, the now-notorious paedophile Tom O’Carroll was invited to address the NCCL conference, which promptly voted to ‘deplore’ the use of chemical castration treatments for paedophiles.
Also in 1975, Patricia Hewitt joined the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, as a ‘straight’, in the same year that Keith Hose of the Paedophile Information Exchange addressed its second annual conference. Hose moved a motion of censure on the conference organising committee for ‘relegating paedophilia to ancillary status in conference.’ The motion was seconded by Trevor Locke, who just happened to be a member of the Executive Council of the NCCL. ‘An awareness and acceptance of the sexuality of children is an essential part of the liberation of the young homosexual,’ the motion went on. It was duly passed.
Jack Dromey, whom Harriet Harman married in 1982, and who is now Treasurer of the Labour Party, was also involved with the NCCL. He served on its Executive Committee from 1970 to 1979, so he was there when the decision to invite the two paedophile groups to affiliate was made. NCCL also set up a gay rights sub-committee at the same time, members of which included prominent paedophiles Peter Bremner (alias Roger Nash), Michael Burbidge, Keith Hose and Tom O’Carroll. And of course Walters and Locke were on the Executive.
Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, commented: ‘It is timely that the ghosts of the 1970’s past should come back to haunt these three leading Labour Party politicians. Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and Patricia Hewitt were in their mid- or late-twenties at the time, but that cannot really excuse the way NCCL came to regard paedophiles as an oppressed minority whose civil liberties needed to be fought for.
‘All three of them really need to explain why they were so friendly toward so many out campaigning homosexual paedophiles in their youth. Why did they allow the NCCL gay rights sub-committee to be stuffed with them? Why were they happy to work with paedophilia supporters on the NCCL Executive? It cannot have been sympathy with child-molestation, so was it a complete lack of judgment or was it moral cowardice?
‘NCCL has now been rebranded as ‘Liberty’ and is doing great work standing up to the Government to defend the civil liberties of us all. But thirty years ago some rather peculiar things went on, and I think we should be told why.’



  • On 15th Sep 2008 at 09:10 PM michaelmac said...

    After reading this article it raised many questions about our governments claim to care for the welfare of children, How can they do this when none signed a petition to ban a paedophile association, The mps mentioned here should be thrown out of westminister

  • On 15th Sep 2008 at 09:18 PM Teresa said...

    This situation needs to be repeatedly brought up to show the country who are in power and are children really safe when those in positions of trust inc Mp's, police and various others are into child porn and get a slap on the wrist, now we all know why and perhaps it all runs deeper than we know. Given how many are getting off with a slap on the wrist something tells me the serious problems of child abuse are routed deep within the system itself

  • On 17th Sep 2008 at 08:50 AM Natasha said...

    It would be good to see more stringent standards imposed for people who wish to become politicians. As they will implicitly be held up as examples of individuals who are forward thinking and considered, it must be appropriate to have potential politicians' past records and involvements checked with the opportunity of giving the public a chance to decide in the completest sense, what kind of individuals they want to help look after the Nation's interests and this of course includes vulnerable children.

  • On 14th Oct 2008 at 02:14 PM a friend said...

    michael once again dont the mps know about other mps being phedos anyhow i mean thiers mandalson the biggest of them all.what about hillsbough in northern ireland and the underage boys its a fact

  • On 23rd Dec 2008 at 11:11 AM J2R2R said...

    I got in touch with Liberty regarding how I was being treated like dirt by the public sector during childhood and young adulthood and my rights were being eroded. I was subjected to oppression and the authorities suppressed the truth whenever I tried to get justice. I was bullied by managers and nobody would listen to me.

    Unfortunately Liberty never acknowledged me or got back to me when I needed help but I hear of them fighting for the rights of criminals. So Liberty didn’t even listen to me either. Are they like Labour – busybodies who only help criminals but never support victims?

  • On 17th Sep 2009 at 09:39 AM Michael said...

    "Bizarre"? Not really I think. It merely points up the v marked narrowing in what is considered respectable opinion over the last 30 years. You look quite young, Teresa, so you won't remember the 1970s, but I turned 14 in 1977. In RE classes at school we used to have sensible discussions about lowering the age of consent and I was certainly aware of groups like PIE. This isn't to say they were mainstream. They weren't. But the question of sex involving people under 16 did not seem different to other moral/legal questions about sex - from masturbation, through sex before marriage and pornography to homosexuality. I think we need a better understanding of how this shift has happened and not just look back and say it was bizarre. My own family was very religous and stongly against of any sex outside marriage. But at the same time my gran bought the Daily Mirror whose page 3 often featured girls who were 16 of 17 years old. It was a different world back then.

  • On 13th Oct 2009 at 10:18 PM Londoner said...

    No, it wasn't that different - sex with children most certainly did seem different to other other moral questions about sex. Though paedophile groups tried to claim that the abused children were 'free agents', and it was their choice to enter into sexual relationships with adults, most of the rest of society was not taken in, and pointed out that the abuse of trust and the power-chasm between adults and children made paedophilia a clear case of appalling abuse. Babies being a case in point - how do they make that choice?

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