Sexual abuse of children is evil and I have always viewed paedophiles and any group associated with them as evil.
During my time on the NCCL Executive, I was at the forefront of repeated public condemnations of PIE and their despicable views. Then, when I was elected Chairman, I took them on. I personally chaired the NCCL Conference that, on my recommendation, refused to back by a massive majority a loathsome motion from a leading light in PIE calling on NCCL to support the so-called 'rights' of paedophiles. Indeed, my stand was denounced in a leaflet distributed by PIE to the delegates to the Conference.
Like many organisations in the 1970s, NCCL had been infiltrated but that was the moment the tide was turned. I closed the Conference saying that we had to stand up for the rights of children not to be sexually abused and that adults guilty of abuse were the lowest of the low.
I was then the first to argue that paedophiles could have no place in NCCL.
As a lifelong opponent of evil men who abuse children, the accusations of the Daily Mail are untrue and beneath contempt.