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'We need to get to the truth' about Savile

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has reiterated her party's calls for an independent inquiry into allegations against Jimmy Savile.

"I think what we need to do is get to the truth," she told Today presenter John Humphrys.

"Clearly something terrible went on for many years across a number of institutions and I think we need to learn the lessons."

And she added that it was "a problem" that there were a number of different inquiries at different institutions because "we are looking at one man who manipulated the whole system".

"It's the government's responsibility to say this is very serious and has to be investigated independently," she said. "The perpetrator is dead but the institutions need to learn the lessons of why this could go on for so long, and that needs one independent inquiry."

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