Shadow minister Jack Dromey said he did not give his approval to a call for the age of sexual consent to be reduced to as low as 10-years-old that was issued by a civil liberties organisation he chaired in the 1970s.
The Sun (£) claimed that a meeting of the executive committee of the National Council of Civil Liberties (NCCL), attended by Mr Dromey in 1976, agreed that the body should propose lowering the minimum age for sex to 14, or 10 in certain circumstances.
In a tweet to The Sun's Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn, Mr Dromey wrote:
@tnewtondunn My explanation is simple, Tom. I led the charge against the loathsome Pie. Men who abuse children are the lowest of the low.
Mr Dromey, now a home affairs spokesman in Ed Miliband's Labour frontbench team, said in a statement: "I did not agree with the proposal in February 1976 to lower the age of consent.
"When elected chairman of NCCL weeks later, I made it clear that my first priority would be to take on the child sex abusers of PIE. I then defeated them by a massive majority at the annual conference in April."
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