Cyril Smith

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Person.png Cyril Smith  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, VIPaedophile)
Cyril Smith.jpg
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Died2010-09-03 (Age 82)
Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England
PartyLiberal 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.

Employment.png Liberal Chief Whip

In office
7 July 1976 - 1977
Preceded byDavid Steel

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Rochdale

In office
26 October 1972 - 9 April 1992
Succeeded byLiz Lynne


In the late 1960s Lancashire police carried out several investigations into Cyril Smith's sexual behaviour with juveniles, compiling an 80-page file, and may have been ready to prosecute.[1]

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”.[2]


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.[3]


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