Sir Cyril Smith, MBE (28 June 1928 – 3 September 2010) was a British politician. He represented Rochdale as a Liberal, later Liberal Democrat, Member of Parliament (MP) from 1972 until 1992. In 2012, following allegations of child abuse, the Crown Prosecution Service formally admitted Smith should have been charged with the sexual abuse of boys during his lifetime.
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... local underground magazine, the Rochdale Alternative Press, alleged that in the 1960s Smith had spanked and sexually abused teenage boys in a hostel he co-founded ... The matter was investigated by the police but Smith was not prosecuted ... No public denial or legal action ensued, but after Smith's death the allegations were denied by his family ...
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