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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.

Related:

Did the British Government fund pro-paedophile propaganda?

Leon Brittan and the Paedophile Information Exchange

The Guardian, 16th December 1977

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