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Harman Opens Up About PIE Rumours

Monday 14th July 2014

Harriet Harman has told LBC she believes the pro-paedophile activist group - The Paedophile Information Exchange - infiltrated the Home Office.

The deputy Labour leader has previously been forced to deny a link with PIE when she was an official in the National Council for Civil Liberties.

Speaking on her LBC show, Ms Harman opened up about the newspaper rumours.

Asked about whether the PIE had reached government, she said: "There is a suggestion that someone was working for the Home Office. I think probably.

"I don't know categorically, but they were trying to infiltrate every part of the system."

Ms Harman also told LBC Baroness Butler-Sloss had to step down from an inquiry into allegations of historical child sex abuse as she didn't have the support of victims.

She added: "It's no good having something which doesn't have the confidence of the victims.

"If people think there is still going to be a cover up and there's going to be defensiveness on behalf of the establishment, then this will not achieve what this enquiry needs to achieve.

"I do think that Lady Butler-Sloss is a good person who has done a lot of good things, but she wasn't able to command the confidence of the victims.

"Therefore I think that when the Home Office look again at it, they've got to be acutely aware of getting someone who is really experienced in the field of child abuse, but is not tied up in any shape or form with the establishment.

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