Robert Mendick, Sunday Telegraph
New details have emerged showing how Patricia Hewitt tried to defend a policy that would have legalised sex with 10-year-olds
Labour has been plunged into further controversy after new evidence suggested one of its former Cabinet ministers once defended a policy calling for the legalisation of sex with children as young as 10.
The allegations were the latest to centre on the role of senior Labour figures in the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) during the Seventies, a time when the organisation had links to a paedophile group.
New details have emerged showing how Patricia Hewitt, then the body’s general secretary, tried to defend a policy that would have legalised sex with 10-year-olds.
The evidence was disclosed in a letter in which Mrs Hewitt — later health secretary in Tony Blair’s government —argued in favour of a reduction in the age of consent, despite a senior teacher pointing out that such a move could only be promoted by “some very twisted minds”.
The development added to the pressure for a full disclosure of the links between the NCCL and the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which was affiliated to it.