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Man jailed for raping two students

The 40 year old will sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

A man who tricked two Chinese students into believing they were viewing a room at his flat so he could sexually assault them has been jailed for 8 years.

Li Hao from Peckham placed an advert on an internet site claiming he had a room to rent. He imprisoned his victims in December 2012 by threatening them with a meat cleaver.

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Harman: I have fought for 30 years against these people

"I have been in public life for 30 years and all of those years have been about protecting the vulnerable, protecting women and children," Harriet Harman insisted today.

"That's why I find it so unfair and offensive that the Daily Mail should put smear and innuendo on me as if somehow I supported those people that all my public life I've been fighting against.

"I think they are wrong to be doing that and that's why I'm speaking out."

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Harman 'won't take decency lessons from Daily Mail'

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman hit out at the Daily Mail newspaper today, after they attempted to "smear" her "by way of guilt of association" over the affiliation between a group she worked with in the 1970s and their links to a paedophile rights group. Writing on Twitter, she said:

When it comes to decency and sexualisation of children, would you take lessons from the Daily Mail?

The Camberwell and Peckham MP posted a picture of a Daily Mail article based around pictures of teen television personality Courtney Stodden photographed in her bikini as a 12-year-old child.

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Harman's regret over NCCL's paedophile group affiliation

Harriet Harman has expressed "regret" over the links between a 1970s paedophile rights campaign and the civil rights organisation for which she once worked.

In a fresh statement this morning, a spokeswoman for Ms Harman said:

She regrets the existence of PIE and she regrets their involvement with NCCL before she joined, although it was immaterial to her work.

She stands by the statement from yesterday and she is certainly not going to apologise to the Daily Mail.

– Harriet Harman spokeswoman
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Miliband: Harman always on right side of these issues

Ed Miliband has dismissed the Daily Mail's allegations against Harriet Harman. Credit: PA

Labour leader Ed Miliband heaped praise on Harriet Harman yesterday, insisting he did not "set any store" by the claims made by the Daily Mail.

"I know she has a long and proud record of being on the right side of all of these issues," he said.

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Daily Mail chief reiterates demand for Harman apology

The consultant editor of the Daily Mail newspaper has reiterated his demand for an apology from Labour's Harriet Harman over The National Council for Civil Liberties' "affiliation" to the now-defunct Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1970s.

Appearing on Daybreak, Andrew Pierce said: "How difficult can it have been to oust a disgusting organisation like that?"

In a Newsnight interview last night, Harriet Harman denied supporting or being influenced by PIE: "It is not the case that my work, when I was at NCCL, was influenced by PIE, was apologising for paedophilia or colluding with paedophilia," she said.

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Harman: My work has always been to protect children

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has insisted her work has always been to protect children from child abuse, as she accused the Daily Mail of running a "politically-motivated smear campaign" against her.

The newspaper published claims that the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), a group Harman used to work for, had alleged historic links to a paedophile rights campaign.

Harriet Harman criticised the Daily Mail for a 'politically-motivated smear campaign'. Credit: BBC

In her first interview since the Mail published the allegations, Ms Harman told BBC2's Newsnight: "It is not the case that my work, when I was at NCCL, was influenced by PIE [Paedophile Information Exchange], was apologising for paedophilia or colluding with paedophilia.

"That is an unfair inference and a smear.

"My work has always been, when I was at NCCL and when I have been in politics and ministerial office, to protect children, especially from child abuse."

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