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Harman: 'The Lib Dems broke their promises last time'

Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman has claimed that the Liberal Democrats are trying to pretend that they haven't been part of government for the past five years - and that they aren't responsible for the country's 'problems'.

Harman: Labour is the party to back childcare

Labour's women's manifesto is "showing women that we are on their side and will stand up for them in government", Harriet Harman said today.

Launching the document at Stockwell Gardens Nursery in south London, the deputy party leader said the document entitled A Better Future For Women, was intended to show politicians were "there for women as well as men".

As far as Labour's concerned you're not on the margins tou're absolutely central. We know that actually the bedroom tax hits more women then me. We know that one of the things that drags down women's pay is that more women are on zero hours contracts.

People will remember that it was Labour that set up those Sure Start centres, that brought in the child care tax credit...They know that the government that is going to back childcare is Labour - never the Tories not the Lib Dems.

– Harriet Harman

Ms Harman was joined by Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow minister for women and equalities Gloria De Piero as they arrived in the party's woman-to-woman pink bus.


Labour: No one believes Lib Dems after tuition fees broken promises

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman says no one would believe the Liberal Democrat's manifesto promises because they broke their pledge to protect university tuition fees.

People know that the Lib Dems are every bit as much to blame as the Tories. They have backed the Tories every step of the way while people's living standards have fallen and the NHS has been going backwards.

People know that the Lib Dems' manifesto can't be trusted. They broke the key promises in their last manifesto and are repeating them once again. People will remember the Lib Dems' record on trebling tuition fees, wasting £3 billion on the NHS and increasing VAT, and know their promises for the future can't be trusted. This country needs change - not the same Lib Dem broken promises.

– Harriet Harman

Harman denies making 'too pretty for politics' comment

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has denied telling one of the party's female councillors she was "too pretty" for politics.

Harriet Harman denies telling Karen Danczuk she is 'too pretty' for politics. Credit: Karen Danczuk's Twitter page

Karen Danczuk, who has previously hit the headlines for her regular posting of selfies, claimed on Twitter that the Labour equalities spokeswoman suggested she would be more suited to being in all-girl pop group 'Girls Aloud'.

But Ms Harman released a statement saying: "I deny I ever said that and it's inconceivable I would have ever said that.

"I have always believed it's what you do in politics, not what you look like. I have never discouraged a woman from getting involved in politics on the basis of their looks."


Harman hits out again at Daily Mail coverage

Harriet Harman is a guest on tonight's The Agenda with Tom Bradby. Credit: ITV / The Agenda

Harriet Harman has again attacked the Daily Mail's coverage of the affiliation between a group she worked with in the 1970s and their links to a paedophile rights group.

Speaking on The Agenda with Tom Bradby on ITV this evening, she said: "The idea that the Daily Mail suddenly comes up with this idea that I'm an apologist for child abuse. I mean, how on earth could I apologise for that?

"It's not true. I went from being a man-hater one minute, according to the Daily Mail, to colluding with dirty old men."

Also on the panel this evening are advertising boss Sir Martin Sorrell, presenter Julia Bradbury and comedian David Schneider.

The Agenda airs at 10.35pm on ITV

Ex-PIE chair 'confident Harman was aware of situation'

Former Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) chairman Tom O'Carroll told ITV News he is "confident" Harriet Harman was aware the group was represented on a gay rights sub-committee in the late 1970s.

O'Carroll told UK Editor Lucy Manning he did not think Harman had any involvement with PIE "directly or indirectly", adding, "except through her knowledge of the fact that the organisation had a presence within the NCCL" sub-committee.

He said: "She presumably knew that we were affiliated with the NCCL and must have known, I think, that a representative of PIE - for a long time that was myself while she was there - was on the gay rights sub-committee.

"She must of known that, I am confident, because she had regular discussions with her staff, including the person who presided over the gay rights sub-committee, and that person would have talked to her about the proceedings of the committee from time-to-time I'm sure".

Dromey slams 'smear by convicted paedophile'

Harriet Harman's husband and Birmingham MP Jack Dromey said in a statement:

It is no surprise that a convicted paedophile, the like of whom I took action against during my time in the NCCL, should choose to smear me.

The record is clear. I took on PIE and, when I was elected chairman, defeated by a massive majority at the 1976 NCCL annual conference a loathsome motion calling on the NCCL to support the so-called rights of paedophiles.

Indeed my stand was denounced in a leaflet distributed by PIE to the delegates to the conference.

Quite simply, no one will believe a man like Tom O'Carroll.

– Jack Dromey

Harman 'didn't want to rock the boat' over PIE

Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt failed to take action to oust the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) because they "didn't want to rock the boat", its former chairman has claimed.

Tom O'Carroll said Labour's deputy leader and the former health secretary did not support PIE but "didn't even try" to cut its affiliation to the civil liberties organisation they worked at for the sake of their careers.

O'Carroll sat on an NCCL gay rights sub-committee in the late 1970s and said there had been no active attempt to remove him.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Really they didn't do much to oppose PIE's presence in my view because there were these other liberal forces, or radical forces, within NCCL.

"The support didn't come from Harman and Co but it was there. The Gay Liberation Front was very radical and at that time Harman and Patricia Hewitt couldn't just kick out PIE.

"Well, they could both try but they didn't even try and the reason they didn't try is they didn't want to rock the boat because their careers within NCCL depended on them not rocking the boat too much."

Ms Harman has said she has nothing to apologise for over the involvement of the National Council for Civil Liberties with the paedophile rights campaign but expressed "regret" that there had ever been a link between the two.

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