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Last Updated: Monday, 29 March, 2004, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
MP backs internet porn campaign
Harriet Harman
Harriet Harman who has given her support to Jane's mother Liz.
Solicitor General Harriet Harman has lent her support to a campaign against violent internet pornography.

Ms Harman gave her backing after meeting the mother of murdered teacher Jane Longhurst.

The MP delivered a letter of support to Liz Longhurst, 72, during a visit to Reading, Berkshire, on Monday.

Miss Longhurst was murdered by Graham Coutts, a Hove musician, who was obsessed with pornography featuring asphyxiation.

Mrs Longhurst wants websites featuring images of sexual violence outlawed.

Internet regulations

Ms Harman said she was "pleased" to be able to offer her support to the campaign and described violent internet porn as "a menace".

Jane Longhurst
Special needs teacher Jane Longhurst was strangled last year
Miss Longhurst's family has campaigned for tougher laws since Coutts, 35, was jailed for life for her murder last month.

During Coutts' trial at Lewes Crown Court, jurors heard he had looked at graphic pornography featuring women being choked, shortly before strangling the 31-year-old.

Earlier this month on International Women's Day, Mrs Longhurst - who launched the Jane Longhurst Campaign Against Violent Pornography - signed a petition calling for a ban.

The family has also met Home Secretary David Blunkett to ask for his help in getting websites on necrophilia and asphyxiation taken down.




SEE ALSO:
Victim's sister fights web crime
25 Mar 04  |  England
'Two years' to close porn sites
12 Mar 04  |  England
Longhurst mother demands porn ban
08 Mar 04  |  England
US hears Longhurst anti-porn plea
07 Mar 04  |  Berkshire
Man guilty of teacher murder
04 Feb 04  |  Southern Counties


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