Ed Miliband has defended his deputy Harriet Harman amid questions about her alleged links to paedophile rights campaigns.
The Labour leader praised Mrs Harman's "huge decency and integrity", insisting he did not "set any store" by the claims - which she has rejected.
The Daily Mail has questioned the politician, her MP husband Jack Dromey, and former health secretary Patricia Hewitt over their actions while officials at the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in the 1970s.
The body granted 'affiliate' status to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), and is said to have lobbied for loosening of laws.
A spokeswoman for Mrs Harman has dismissed the story as "untrue and ridiculous", while neither Mr Dromey or Mrs Hewitt have commented.
Speaking as he welcomed new Labour MP Mike Kane to parliament, Mr Miliband was asked about the issue.
"Harriet Harman is somebody of huge decency and integrity," he said. "I have know her for 20 years.
"I do not set any store by these allegations.
"I know she has a long and proud record of being on the right side of all of these issues."