Daily Mirror, 25th August 1983
PERIL OF A CHILD SEX CLUB BAN (Daily Mirror, 25th August 1983)
A Tory MP said yesterday he opposed a move to make the child sex group Paedophile Information Exchange illegal.
Cyril Townsend, MP for Bexleyheath, said: “I have no doubt that these people are evil, but if such an organisation is banned and goes underground the job the police is made more difficult.”
The PIE promoted the idea that sex between adults and children is natural, desirable and should be made legal.
The Paedophile Information Exchange: Timeline of press cuttings 1975-2014
This 1977 newspaper cutting corroborates Tom Watson’s recent claim that the Home Office may have funded the Paedophile Information Exchange. The funding came from a branch of the Home Office called the Voluntary Services Unit, and was channeled through the Princedale Trust and the Albany Trust. The concerns were raised by a backbench Conservative MP called Bernard Braine.
This means that two successive Labour governments funded an organisation that wanted the age of consent lowered to 4 years old. It’s still unknown whether this funding carried on into the Thatcher years.
Did the British Government fund pro-paedophile propaganda?
Leon Brittan and the Paedophile Information Exchange
The Guardian, 16th December 1977