Harman calls for independent inquiry into Savile case

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has said there needs to be an over-arching independent inquiry into the Savile case.

Speaking to Andrew Marr on the BCC, she said too often the criminal justice system gave the victim the impression they would not be believed if they came forward with allegations of sexual abuse.

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman appearing on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show. Credit: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Ms Harman said: "There are big lessons to be learned here...

"Not just for the BBC although the epicentre of it was at the BBC, but elsewhere because when something like this comes out, there is an assumption, 'how could we have gone astray from our normal policy that protecting vulnerable children must take priority over the rights of protecting adults'?

"That is not actually the situation because that is always under challenge. Just this month the law has been changed so if there is an allegation of a sex offence against a teacher, the teacher has anonymity right up until the moment of charge.

"That is based on an assumption that you have to protect the adult from false allegation. I think what we do is that we push to protect children but that is always resisted."