The Labour Party’s deputy leader Harriet Harman and her MP husband Jack Dromey say PIE was banished before she became the NCCL’s legal officer in 1978. But disturbing new evidence proves Harman to be a barefaced liar – and reveals how guilty she, her husband and their Labour Party colleague Patricia Hewitt really are.
In 1979, an edition of Magpie, PIE’s official journal, carried the NCCL appeal for new members in an appalling ‘Year of the Child’ edition.
Former Labour Party health minister and NCCL general secretary Patricia Hewitt shared a conference platform with PIE leader Tom O’Carroll in 1977. Details of the new links came as O’Carroll said the two women ‘didn’t want’ to remove the paedophile group from the NCCL. The three senior Labour Party MP’s all held key roles in the council – which granted ‘affiliate’ status to the group of predatory paedophiles that was calling for the age of consent to be cut to just four. When Harman refused to apologise – for PIE being allowed to forge links with the NCCL, she said the paedophile group ‘had been pushed to the margin’ before she began working there. Yet, during the year after she took up her post, the NCCL advert appeared in PIE’s April journal. It ran inside a shocking 24-page special edition of the magazine – the cover of which shows a picture of a young boy wearing only a small pair of shorts as he plays tennis. On an inside page the council’s advert appears alongside two more pictures of young boys in provocative poses, including one in what appears to be a PE kit, sitting down with his legs apart. It invites Magpie readers to ‘join the NCCL’ and boasts that the organisation is ‘working to protect and extend human rights in the UK’. The appeal for new members and donations was published after a feature titled: Child porn, a heterosexual viewpoint.
The journal, sent to PIE members, included news on paedophiles, articles on child porn and cartoons mocking assaults on children. These depicted abuse in a scout master’s tent, naked children and adults queuing up outside a bedroom for an ‘assault course’. The ‘year of the child’ edition – a distasteful twist on the UN designating 1979 as the ‘International Year of the Child’ – came with a ‘contact page’, which members could use to get in touch with other paedophiles, share images and advertise for children to abuse.
Documents from both groups also reveal how, in the first half of 1977, the NCCL supported PIE when the vile group believed it had been slighted by a judge during his sentencing of a man convicted of blackmailing one of its members. Extracts from the correspondence reprinted in Magpie show how the NCCL described it as a ‘campaigning’ organisation