The former MP Cyril Smith died in 2010 and was never prosecuted for his alleged crimes [Image: Nils Jorgensen/Rex].

Hot on the heels of the findings of Operation Conifer about Edward Heath come these revelations about Cyril Smith.

This ugly little can is open and the worms are slowly crawling into the light.

ITV reporter Matt O’Donogue’s tweets are revealing:

It seems Smith also had some form of high-level protection:

A full transcript of the hearing by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse can be read here.

MI5 was told that prosecutors lied to journalists about their decision not to press charges against the late MP Cyril Smith, but took no action as its role was “to defend the realm”, an inquiry has heard.

A police investigation into the Liberal politician’s alleged sexual abuse of young boys at care homes in Rochdale ended in 1970 when the director of public prosecutions (DPP) at the time, Sir Norman Skelhorn, concluded there was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

This was despite a police report that warned Smith was “sheltering behind a veneer of respectability” and had “used his unique position to indulge in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys towards whom he had a special responsibility”. Smith died in 2010 and was never prosecuted for his alleged crimes.

Source: MI5 knew prosecutors lied to press about Cyril Smith case, inquiry told | Politics | The Guardian


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