| Cyril Smith |
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
|Died||2010-09-03 (Age 82)|
Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England
|Party||Liberal Party, (1945–1951, 1970–1988), Labour Party, (1952–1966), Independent, (1966–1970), Liberal Democrats, (from 1988)|
Sir Cyril Smith was MP for Rochdale from 1972 to 1992. He never prosecuted for his paedophilia.
Arrest for child sex
Jack Tasker, a retired Lancashire Police Detective Sergeant who carried out the third investigation into Smith in 1969 following two by Rochdale police, told Sky News the MP may have exposed several other sex offenders. He said the investigation into his alleged child abuse at Cambridge House care home was stalled because “other people were rather worried that if Cyril Smith went before a court, he would open his mouth”.
UK Special branch officer, Tony Robinson, reports receiving a call in 1977 from ‘Box 500’, the police codeword for MI5, requesting the file on Smith's sexual behaviour with children be sent to them in London by special courier.
South African blackmail
British police became aware of the plot in the mid-1970s while questioning a man over an art theft. He was subsequently convicted for possession of stolen goods. The individual told police he had film footage of Smith sexually abusing boys. Detectives established that the man had links with the South African embassy in London and appeared to be working on behalf of BOSS, the apartheid-era intelligence agency, which was attempting to undermine Liberal MPs and others they regarded as unsympathetic to the regime.
According to the official narrative, the attempt was unsuccessful and British Special Branch "found the man had no credible evidence of Smith abusing children. The individual escaped prosecution for attempted blackmail and no action was taken against Smith."
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