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The Liberal Democrats have described the allegations against former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith "abhorrent" and insisted that the party has "never been involved in any allegations":
Rochdale's current MP says there are still questions to answer over whether there was a cover-up. Simon Danczuk says Cyril Smith's victims have been let down by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Cyril Smith was accused of abusing young boys in a statement by Simon Danczuk in the House Commons.
Greater Manchester Police have admitted: "We need to be both realistic and frank that as [Sir Cyril] Smith is no longer alive, we will not be able to bring any criminal prosecution against him."
But the force is continuing to encourage anyone who believes they were a victim to contact them:
Greater Manchester Police have said the dead Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith should have been charged with physically and sexually abusing young boys:
Greater Manchester Police, which has assumed the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made against the dead Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith has said: "The Force is now publicly acknowledging that young boys were victims of physical and sexual abuse committed by Smith."
Any fresh abuse allegations against Sir Cyril Smith "will be thoroughly investigated," Greater Manchester Police said.
Potential victims with a complaint after 1974 are urged to go to their nearest police station to report it, or call the force on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Greater Manchester Police will investigate any allegations of sexual abuse involving the former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith from 1974 onwards, the force said.
It was confirmed that Lancashire Police would investigate any allegations of abuse before that date.
Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith was accused of abusing young boys in Rochdale during the 1960s, in a statement by Labour MP Simon Danczuk in the House Commons.
A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said they were not planning to investigate the matter as there are no current allegations pending.
It said: "We believe there was an investigation in the late 1960s but as no records are now held it cannot be ascertained whether a file was passed to the Director of Public Prosecutions."
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Police say they are "now publicly acknowledging that young boys were victims of physical and sexual abuse committed by Sir Cyril Smith".
Former Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith was accused of abusing young boys in Rochdale during the 1960s, by Labour MP Simon Danczuk in the Commons