MP claims MI5 'cover-up' over Cyril Smith allegations

MI5 may have been involved in a cover-up to silence child abuse allegations against prominent Liberal Democrat Sir Cyril Smith, Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk claimed today.

The Labour politician asked Home Secretary Theresa May to investigate whether spies helped hush up long-standing accusations about Sir Cyril, who died two years ago.

File photo of Sir Cyril Smith
Liberal Democrat Sir Cyril Smith died two years ago

Mr Danczuk last week repeated claims the former Lib Dem MP abused boys after being given "a disciplinarian role" at a Lancashire children's home decades ago.

He said today, "Following my comments in the House about Cyril Smith's abuse of boys, I understand the Crown Prosecution Service has now located investigation files against Mr Smith from the 1960s".

"Can the Home Secretary now look at whether it's true the Director of Public Prosecutions at the time received a second opinion recommending Smith be prosecuted; why he concluded it was not in the public interest".

"What role, if any the Security Service played; and how the Government now intends getting to the bottom of what several former police officers are now referring to as 'a cover-up'?", Mr Danczuk added.

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