Monday, April 28, 2014

11 new suspects and independent review into how paedophile Liberal MP Cyril Smith’s sex abuse was 'swept under the carpet'

Police have today revealed they are chasing up to 11 new suspects linked to sex abuse by former Liberal MP Cyril Smith.

Greater Manchester Police has said it will also review evidence of claims that Smith was subject to a top-level cover-up spanning 35 years, including by MI5 agents.

It came as the Liberal Democrats came under further pressure over their former MP after even his family called for an independent inquiry into allegations he had abused boys.

Police are already investigating allegations of historic sex abuse by Smith in Rochdale, where he was an MP for 20 years.

But it has today announced that it is looking into claims that abuse may have been swept under the carpet by officials and politicians in Rochdale Council between 1961 and 1995.

The review will be carried out by a QC, with any evidence of criminality then passed to the police, who say they are 'trying to trace' others who may have abused children or helped hide it.  (more...)

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