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":
Clearly the party does not endorse any person proved to have been involved in incidents such as these.
All allegations should have been investigated thoroughly with the authorities taking whatever action necessary.
Any new allegations should be made to the police.
The Liberal Democrats are not aware of any allegations being made to the party, and have never been involved in any investigations.
The alleged incidents and the reported police investigations took place outside of the time Cyril Smith was a Liberal MP.
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