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Harman: Clegg's response to Rennard 'a cop out'

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has called Nick Clegg's response to the allegations against Lord Rennard "a cop out" and claimed the women who made the complaints are "being hung out to dry".

Ms Harman said: "The Lib Dem women who complained about Lord Rennard did a brave thing in coming forward and making an official complaint. But now they are being hung out to dry and accused of suffering from 'distress'.

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

"They have complained about inappropriate behaviour but Clegg says unless proved beyond reasonable doubt - ie that Rennard committed a criminal offence - the Lib Dems can take no action. This is a cop out.

"Nick Clegg must get off the fence otherwise it will send out a signal to any woman who suffers sexual harassment that she needn't bother to complain."

Harriet Harman plays down Balls' Dome comparison

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has played down comments by Ed Balls comparing the HS2 project to the Millenium Dome.

Harriet Harman played down Ed Balls' HS2 comments on the Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr show

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Ms Harman said Mr Balls did not volunteer the comparison during an interview with a Mail on Sunday journalist.

The shadow chancellor told the newspaper the Dome was a mistake, adding "I think you should learn from your mistakes".

Ms Harman said: "We absolutely support better north-south lines, we are in favour of rail infrastructure for commuters and also for long-distance travellers and freight but not at any cost and what Ed Balls is saying is we have to keep a strong eye on the costs as well as on the benefits."

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Harman not in favour of lads' mags supermarket ban

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has said she is against lads' magazines in supermarkets - but is not in favour of a ban.

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby to be broadcast on ITV at 10.35pm tonight, Ms Harman said: "It's possible for there to be a view and to have a campaign without being accused of banning something.

"I think that women in the 21st century can aspire to more than being sex objects for the titivation of men.

"Would you like your daughter to be on the front page of Zoo or Nuts or Loaded?

"It is a very powerful image that a woman's value increases with the lack of clothing that she's wearing. Don't accuse me of trying to ban it, I'm just against it."

Harman: 'Most people have never heard of McBride'

Harriet Harman has denied that the Labour Party conference is being overshadowed by Damian McBride's book.

Speaking to Daybreak, the Deputy Leader said that in fact most people have never heard of the former Labour spin doctor.

Harman also said that the sorts of practices McBride claims to have undertaken do not occur in today's Labour Party:

She said: "Ed Miliband doesn't do that sort of thing, and doesn't allow anybody who works for him to behave like that."

Licence payers will be 'dismayed' by BBC evidence

Shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman. Credit: PA Wire

Licence fee payers will be "dismayed" by the evidence given by BBC executives past and present about massive payoffs to staff, a senior Labour MP warned.

Harriet Harman MP, shadow culture secretary, said: “Clearly the interests of the licence fee payers were not properly protected and there was a failure of governance.

"The Charter renewal process, and the debate around it, will be the opportunity to re-examine those governance issues."

Union funding battle 'could keep Tories in power'

A bitter battle over funding reforms could boost Conservative Party support and help keep David Cameron in Downing Street, Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman will warn trade union leaders.

Speaking tonight at TUC Congress in Bournemouth Ms Harman will say how "disappointed" she was by the GMB's decision to reduce Labour party funding by over £1 million.

We all need to think carefully about who gains from any falling out and any division.

And we need to remember that fundamentally we're fighting for the same things - that we are on the same side.

If we don't have unity, there are going to be winners and losers. The winners will be the Tories and the losers will be our constituents and your members. This is a dangerous moment.

The change that Ed is proposing is not to weaken the relationship between Labour and the trade unions - it is to make it a reality.

We must work together to shape and deliver that change.

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Harriet Harman to urge union to get behind reforms

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman will issue a plea for unity to union leaders at the annual TUC gathering.

Ms Harman will urge TUC members to unite behind Ed Miliband's plans to reform their historic links with the party, or risk a Tory general election victory.

Deputy leader Harriet Harman will issue the plea for unity at a speech at the TUC today. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Her speech comes amid ongoing hostility surrounding the proposed changes, and the continued fallout from the Falkirk selection-rigging scandal.

Harriet Harman: Stuart Hall sentence is 'unduly lenient'

Deputy Leader of the Labour party, Harriet Harman, has called Stuart Hall's sentence, "unduly lenient" in a tweet:

Labour to demand action over child pornography

Labour MPs will today put pressure on the government to introduce tougher measures to protect children from violent online pornography.

Search engines must introduce safe searches to ensure children are not exposed to explicit content, as well as effective barriers to prevent under-18s accessing pornography online.

The MPs, led by leader Ed Miliband and deputy leader Harriet Harman, will vote for an Opposition Day motion in the Commons calling on the Government to set a timetable to introduce tougher rules for internet companies.

Labour is piling pressure on David Cameron to tackle online porn. Credit: PA

In the wake of the Mark Bridger and Stuart Hazell cases David Cameron has demanded Google do more to rid the internet of child pornography, warning that lives are being put at risk.

Web search firms have been summoned to a council of war with Culture Secretary Maria Miller and the Prime Minister's adviser on the issue, Tory MP Claire Perry, next week.

Harriet Harman: A deal 'has been agreed'

Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour party, has told Daybreak that a deal has been reached on press regulation.

"The entirety of the Leveson report in terms of it's key provisions, tough, independent, self regulation, has actually been agreed", Ms Harman said.

She added it strengthens the press to have "high standards", "a free press needs to be a strong and clean press".

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