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Council launches external review into Sir Cyril Smith claims

Rochdale Council has launched an external review into allegations of historical child sex abuse at a school linked to the late MP Sir Cyril Smith. Greater Manchester Police said new suspects and victims had been identified.

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Claims made against former Lib Dem MP Cyril Smith

Allegations of sexual abuse have been made against Sir Cyril Smith in a new book by the Labour MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk.

Cyril Smith pictured in 1991 Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sir Cyril was previously a Liberal Democrat MP for the same constituency, and allegedly raped boys at Knowl View residential school and abused boys at the privately run Cambridge House children's care home.

Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron said the party needs to answer "serious questions" about who knew Sir Cyril faced allegations of sexual abuse.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg last year said the allegations against Sir Cyril should be investigated "to the bitter end".

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