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  • Sexminster: Reputation of MPs Hits New Low in Wake of Evans Court Victory
    Sexminster: Reputation of MPs Hits New Low in Wake of Evans Court Victory Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    After the reignited expenses row and allegations of sexual harassment and drunkenness it is difficult to imagine the reputation of Britain's political class could fall any lower. Only days after minister Maria Miller was finally and reluctantly removed from her job over her expenses claims and obstructive behaviour, the "Palace of Sexminster" revelations engulfed Westminster. Former Commons deputy Speaker Nigel Evans had been cleared of a series of sexual abuse charges, including rape, some of which were alleged to have taken place in Westminster. Evans was landed with a £130,000 defence bill, which he wants the Crown Prosecution Service to repay, and he is calling for possible anonymity of the accused in such cases and a time limit on the police pursuit of historical cases. More »

  • Harman: Long hours cause harassment
    Harman: Long hours cause harassment Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Too many powerful men working late into the night has led to a culture of sexual harassment in Parliament, according to Labour's deputy leader. More »

  • Why I have to speak out - Coogan
    Why I have to speak out - Coogan Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Steve Coogan has criticised "myopic and self-centred" actors who lack political opinions. More »

  • TV licence penalty review backed
    TV licence penalty review backed Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Decriminalising non-payment of the TV licence moved a step closer after Labour backed a review of penalties - saying no-one should be jailed for it. More »

  • Vigil for Tony Benn at Westminster
    Vigil for Tony Benn at Westminster Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    The family of Tony Benn have welcomed the chance for him to "spend his last night in Parliament" after royal permission was granted for his body to rest in the Palace of Westminster. More »

  • MPs vote to abandon badger culls
    MPs vote to abandon badger culls Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    MPs have overwhelmingly backed a motion calling on the Government to abandon controversial badger culls in England in favour of vaccinating the animals. More »

  • Westminster Times: Paranoia, Fat Cats, Elvis and Badgers
    Westminster Times: Paranoia, Fat Cats, Elvis and Badgers Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    "Revelations" you had an affair with Annabelle Fuller were not new but that's not the point. Ms Fuller was previously quite a well-known figure around Westminster. Talking of cats, the authorities in the palace of Westminster have dismissed suggestions a moggie should be employed to keep down the escalating mouse problem. More »

  • Topsy and Tim Children's Book Heir Leo Adamson was in Paedophile Information …
    Topsy and Tim Children's Book Heir Leo Adamson was in Paedophile Information … Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    The son of the authors of the classic children's series Topsy and Tim was a senior member of the Peadophile Information Exchange (PIE) and talked about boys "all the time" at the group's meetings, it has been revealed. Leo Adamson, 52, was in PIE while the books written and illustrated by his parents Jean and Gareth Adamson were being read by children and families. Adamson stands to inherit a fortune from his parents due to Topsy and Tim and he currently lives with another man in a £250,000 home in Kennington, south London. In writings attributed to the son of the creators Topsy and Tim, Adamson said PIE had believed the age of consent would be significantly lowered or abolished altogether. More »

  • Judge sorry after PIE support claim
    Judge sorry after PIE support claim Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    A senior judge has apologised over his links to a campaign which reportedly supported a paedophile group that tried to legalise sex with children. More »

  • Hewitt 'Backed Age Of Consent As Low As 10'
    Hewitt 'Backed Age Of Consent As Low As 10' Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Former Labour cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt allegedly called for the age of consent to be reduced to as low as 10. From 1974 to 1983, the former Labour MP was general secretary for the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), when it granted "affiliate" status to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). It is alleged that in March 1976 Mrs Hewitt put her name to a NCCL press release, that not only supported abolishing incest as a crime, but also lowering the age of consent. The press release, obtained by The Sun, quoted her as saying: "NCCL proposes that the age of consent should be lowered to 14, with special provision for situations where the partners are close in age, or where consent of a child over 10 can be proved." More »

  • Hewitt Apologises For Links To Paedophile Group
    Hewitt Apologises For Links To Paedophile Group Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Ex-health secretary Patricia Hewitt has apologised for getting it "wrong" on a paedophile group when she was at the helm of a civil rights organisation. From 1974 to 1983, the former Labour MP was general secretary for the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), when it granted "affiliate" status to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). Ms Hewitt said the NCCL had been "naive and wrong" about the group, which wanted to make child sex legal, and that as general secretary she took responsibility for the mistakes. She along with Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman and her MP husband Jack Dromey - who also worked at the NCCL - have been accused in a series of Daily Mail articles of being sympathetic to paedophiles. More »

  • Hewitt apologises over PIE links
    Hewitt apologises over PIE links Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Former Labour cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt has apologised for the links between the civil liberties organisation she headed and a paedophile rights campaign. More »

  • Patricia Hewitt: I Got It Wrong on Paedophile Information Exchange and I Apologise …
    Patricia Hewitt: I Got It Wrong on Paedophile Information Exchange and I Apologise … Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Former Labour Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has apologised for having "got it wrong" in the 1970s in the row over a pro-paedophile group. Hewitt, who served as general secretary of the National Council for Civil Liberties in the 1970s, said she now accepts responsibility for the mistakes that were made in relation to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). In a statement she said: "NCCL in the 1970s, along with many others, was naive and wrong to accept PIE's claim to be a 'campaigning and counselling organisation' that 'does not promote unlawful acts'. "I should have urged the executive committee to take stronger measures to protect NCCL's integrity from the activities of PIE members and sympathisers and I deeply regret not having done so." More »

  • Rippon to front new ITV game show
    Rippon to front new ITV game show Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Angela Rippon is set to front an ITV game show which will see young people compete against pensioners. More »

  • Harman 'Did Not Act' Over Paedophile Group
    Harman 'Did Not Act' Over Paedophile Group Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    The former head of a paedophile group said Harriet Harman "didn't even try" to stop his organisation's involvement with the civil liberties council she worked for. Tom O'Carroll, who was chairman of the now defunct Paedophile Information Exchange, said neither Ms Harman or her Labour colleagues wanted to "rock the boat" for fear it might damage their careers. O'Carroll said neither Ms Harman, Patricia Hewitt nor Labour MP Jack Dromey supported the group's affiliation with the National Council for Civil Liberties for which they worked. Ms Harman has fiercely denied claims in the Daily Mail that she was an "apologist for paedophilia" and in interviews on Tuesday said PIE's affiliation with NCCL did not affect her work there. More »

  • Harman 'didn't want to rock boat'
    Harman 'didn't want to rock boat' Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt failed to take action to oust the P aedophile Information Exchange (PIE) because they "didn't want to rock the boat", its former chairman has claimed. More »

  • Harman Denies Colluding With Paedophile Group
    Harman Denies Colluding With Paedophile Group Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Harriet Harman has said she regretted the "existence" of a paedophile right group linked to a civil liberties group she worked for. However, the deputy Labour leader said she had nothing to apologise for and that she neither colluded with nor supported the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). She continued to insist the series of stories run by the Daily Mail over the links between the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), which Ms Harman worked for, and PIE, were a politically motivated "smear". "I very much regret that this vile organisation, PIE, ever existed and that it ever had anything to do with NCCL but it did not affect my work at NCCL.  More »

  • Harman Posts 12-Year-Old's Bikini Photo on Twitter in Paedophile War with …
    Harman Posts 12-Year-Old's Bikini Photo on Twitter in Paedophile War with … Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Harriet Harman has hit back at paedophile "smears" in the Daily Mail by publishing a picture from its website of a 12-year-old girl wearing only a bikini. The politician was legal officer at the National Campaign for Civil Liberties (NCCL, now known as Liberty) between 1978 and 1982, when it was affiliated with the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). Harman has been dogged by the Mail devoting three front page splashes in as many days to NCCL's link to PIE. Defending herself on BBC Newsnight, Harman said: "It's not the case that my work when I was at NCCL was influenced by PIE, apologising for paedohilia or colluding with paedophilia. "This is the Daily Mail trying to reshape the facts of the situation. More »

  • Harriet Harman and PIE Scandal: Who Were British Establishment Paedophiles Who …
    Harriet Harman and PIE Scandal: Who Were British Establishment Paedophiles Who … Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    PIE was a group on a public mission to gain respectability for sexual relations with children and acceptance for the adults obsessed with child sex. The question of the existence of links between the Paedophile Information Exchange and important public figures has potentially explosive ramifications. One man with close establishment ties who was also involved in PIE was Peter Righton – real name Paul Pelham. Righton made clear his connections with fellow public figures to the vulnerable teenager (now in his 40s), saying: "We can look after you and protect you. More »

  • Nothing to apologise for - Harman
    Nothing to apologise for - Harman Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Harriet Harman has said she has nothing to apologise for over the involvement of a civil rights organisation she used to work for with a paedophile rights campaign. More »

  • Harriet Harman and PIE-NCCL Controversy: What was The Paedophile Information …
    Harriet Harman and PIE-NCCL Controversy: What was The Paedophile Information … Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    To a young Patricia Hewitt, PIE was "campaigning/counselling group for adults" which a disgusted public had "misunderstood." This is the reason why Labour grandees including Hewitt, deputy leader Harriet Harman and her husband MP Jack Dromey, have been facing awkward questions from their radical past. The Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) came in to the orbit of some of today's top Labour politicians via the National Campaign for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in the mid-1970s. The group for child sex enthusiasts affiliated with NCCL a year after it was founded, chaired by Keith Hose, in 1975. More »

  • Labour's Harriet Harman Fights Back over Daily Mail's Paedophile &# …
    Labour's Harriet Harman Fights Back over Daily Mail's Paedophile &# … Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has finally responded to stories in the Daily Mail about her alleged connections to pro-paedophile campaigners through her work with a civil liberties group in the 1970s and 80s. By expressing her "regret" that the National Council for Civil Liberties had links with the Paedophile Information Exchange, and accusing the newspaper of running a deliberate smear campaign, she has ensured the story will continue to run. In fact PIE affiliated to the NCCL before she started working for the organisation. And she has shown her willingness to hit back hard, tweeting pictures from the Mail website showing a picture of a bikini-clad Courtney Stodden, aged 12, and saying: "When it comes to decency and sexualisation of children, would you take lessons from the Daily Mail?" More »

  • Harman, Mail trade blows over paedophile claims
    Harman, Mail trade blows over paedophile claims Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has expressed her "regret" over historic links between a paedophile lobbying group and a civil liberties group she worked for but denied any wrongdoing following reports in the Daily Mail. More »

  • Harriet Harman 'Regrets' Links with Paedophile Campaign Group
    Harriet Harman 'Regrets' Links with Paedophile Campaign Group Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has expressed "regret" over her former employer's links with a paedophile campaign group. Harman spoke out in response to the Daily Mail's discovery that the National Council for Civic Liberties (NCCL) - now known as Liberty - granted affiliate status to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in the 1970s and 80s. Harman would not say that the affiliation was a mistake when he was challenged on BBC2's Newsnight. Her spokesman told the BBC: "Of course she regrets any organisation's involvement with them [PIE], including the National Council for Civil Liberties. More »

  • Harman 'fails to answer charges'
    Harman 'fails to answer charges' Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman was accused of issuing a denial "full of pedantry and obfuscation" by the newspaper that made allegations about her historic involvement in paedophile rights campaigns. More »

  • Paedophile Rights Campaign Still Causing a Stink for Harriet Harman - 40 Years …
    Paedophile Rights Campaign Still Causing a Stink for Harriet Harman - 40 Years … Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    The Labour party is facing fresh revelations about the relationship between some of its most senior members and an organisation called the Paedophile Information Exchange, which campaigned for the legalisation of sex with children under five, during the 1970s. The discredited organisation has been linked to a number of big Labour names including the party's current deputy leader, Harriet Harman, by a Daily Mail investigation. Harman and her husband, Labour's shadow minister for policing Jack Dromey, are tied to Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) by their shared past in the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), the former name of human rights group Liberty. Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt was general secretary of the NCCL from 1974-83, Harman was its legal officer from 1978-82 and Dromey sat on the group's executive committee for nine years, between 1970 and 1979. More »

  • Sky Celebrates 25 Years Of Breaking News
    Sky Celebrates 25 Years Of Breaking News Wed, Feb 5, 2014

    What everyone remembers about the launch of Sky are the holes in the floor. Indeed my first ever encounter with Rupert Murdoch was across a gaping chasm caused by two absent computer tiles in a narrow corridor. Our rivals BSB had built palatial headquarters in Marco Polo building on the banks of the Thames in central London - complete with a £60,000 granite desk for the CEO, it was rumoured. We stood around in Sky News Studio B, clutching plastic cups of fizzy wine or tea, counting down the last few seconds. More »

  • 'So what?' Tory disdain for Gove cronyism row hits new heights
    'So what?' Tory disdain for Gove cronyism row hits new heights Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    Conservative politicians are adopting an attitude of complete indifference as Michael Gove faces a barrage of cronyism claims. More »

  • 'Silly girl': Tories in sexism row over ousted MP
    'Silly girl': Tories in sexism row over ousted MP Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    The Conservative party are embroiled in a sexism row after one of David Cameron's senior female MPs was deselected. More »

  • Harman rejects leader vote fears
    Harman rejects leader vote fears Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has dismissed fears that far left extremists could sign up thousands of new members to vote in the party's leadership elections under plans to recast its historic link with the trade unions. More »

  • Education Secretary Gove Splits Coalition Over 'Top Jobs for Tories' …
    Education Secretary Gove Splits Coalition Over 'Top Jobs for Tories' … Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    UK Education Secretary Michael Gove is at the centre of a row over the alleged Tory politicisation of public bodies. The controversy threatens to embroil prime minister David Cameron and spark one of the most serious coalition splits to date. After it was announced that Gove had sacked Labour peer Sally Morgan as head of the independent schools inspectorate, Ofsted, it was claimed the government was blatantly placing Tory supporters into key positions before the general election. Liberal Democrat deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has raised the whole issue of appointments to public bodies with cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Hayward. More »

  • Mumsnet are latest group to say No More Page Three
    Mumsnet are latest group to say No More Page Three Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    Mumsnet has given its support to the fast-growing campaign to remove topless women from Page Three. More »

  • PR Blunder Over Labour MP's 'Pikey' Tweet
    PR Blunder Over Labour MP's 'Pikey' Tweet Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    Shadow cabinet minister Jack Dromey has become embroiled in a race row after calling a post worker a "pikey" on Twitter. On a visit to a Royal Mail sorting office, he posted a picture of himself with one employee with the caption: "With Gareth Martin, the Pikey from the Erdington Royal Mail Sorting Office. When Sky News approached the Labour party, a press officer said Mr Dromey had fallen victim to autocorrect, which had automatically switched the word "postie" for "pikey". He pointed to other tweets made by Mr Dromey, referring to the Royal Mail employees he met as "posties". More »

  • Profile on Peter Hain - The Man Who Forced the Name Mandela into UK Conscio …
    Profile on Peter Hain - The Man Who Forced the Name Mandela into UK Conscio … Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    When MPs rose in the Commons this week, falling over themselves to speak of their friendship with and/or admiration for Nelson Mandela, there was one name that kept cropping up - one man who did not have to compete in the "my best friend" stakes. The three party leaders, along with any number of backbenchers, all pointed to Labour's Peter Hain as someone who did more than anyone else in the Commons to help bring the evil of apartheid to the world's attention and, ultimately, contribute to its fall. He was, understandably, the first MP to be called to speak after the leaders and his words showed that he retained the passion and commitment that drove him through the 1960s and 70s when his family were terrorised and driven out of their South African home to flee to the UK because of their support for Mandela and the ANC. His activism started in South Africa at the age of 15 or even younger,  and took him through the anti-apartheid movement, membership of the Liberal party, then Labour and on to a series of posts in government before a controversy over his deputy leadership campaign funds saw him standing down from the frontbench, then finally returning as Welsh Secretary. More »

  • The bedroom tax's latest critic: Danny Alexander's dad
    The bedroom tax's latest critic: Danny Alexander's dad Sun, Nov 10, 2013

    The bedroom tax has been subject to another political attack � this time by the father of one of its most prominent advocates. More »