In the course of an angry response to the Leicester Mercury, Sir Edward appears to have confirmed the truth of what Simon Danczuk said:
Sir Edward, one of the country’s leading defamation lawyers, and former solicitor general, told the Mercury: "Simon Danczuk’s remarks are beneath contempt as he ought to know.
"He describes an encounter. It was a conversation. I spoke to him and he knows why.
"Anyone who thinks my attitude on paedophilia is lukewarm is very much mistaken.
"Simon Danczuk's values are all wrong. Taking lumps out of me doesn’t advance the interests of the victims."
Sir Edward said he defended Lord McAlpine when he was falsely accused of child abuse and he said he had prosecuted paedophiles.
Sir Edward said he spoke to Mr Danczuk because he is a friend of Lord Brittan’s wife who was concerned about her husband's ill health at the time.
Sir Edward said she had fears over the impact of the Rochdale MP naming her husband in the select committee meeting.