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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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Lib Dems must answer 'serious questions' on Cyril Smith

The President of the Liberal Democrats has said the party needs to answer "serious questions" about who knew allegations of sexual assault had been made against their former MP Sir Cyril Smith.

Cyril Smith (left) pictured in 2005 with then Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police are looking into claims that Sir Cyril sexually abused boys at homes and hostels in Rochdale, where he was an MP. Sir Cyril died in 2010 aged 82.

The party's president, Tim Farron, said a current police inquiry is the best way to deal with the claims, according to the BBC.

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