Recently an MP of the Labour party, Harriet Harman, spoke to the BBC to accuse the Daily Mail of running a “politically-motivated smear campaign” against her as the newspaper reported that the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) group that she previously worked for had links to paedophile rights campaigners during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

These campaigners were known as the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). PIE was a UK pro-paedophile activist group founded in October 1974. It was set up as a special interest group within the Scottish Minorities Group but as the majority of enquiries were from England PIE relocated to London in 1975. By 1978 PIE became affiliated to the NCCL with members attending meetings.

The organisation campaigned against newspapers’ treatment of the paedophile activist groups and spoke positively about adults who were attracted to children. Whilst affiliated with NCCL, PIE also campaigned to reduce the age of consent and oppose the proposed banning of child pornography.

In 1976, in a submission to the Criminal Law Revision Committee, the NCCL asserted that “childhood sexual experiences, willingly engaged in, with an adult result in no identifiable damage” and that the Protection of Children Bill would lead to “damaging and absurd prosecutions”. Whilst PIE was affiliated with it, the organisation argued for incest to be decriminalised.

NCCL had excluded PIE by 1983 and the campaigners officially disbanded in 1984.

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