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Rochdale Council to be investigated in child sex abuse inquiry

Cyril Smith, the long serving MP for Rochdale, has been subject to abuse allegations since he died in 2010. Credit: Press Association.

The public inquiry into historical child abuse is to investigate Rochdale Council.

The inquiry was setup after claims of high level cover ups of abuse.

It will investigate politicians, past and present, including the former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith.

Smith, who was elected to Parliament in 1972, was dogged by rumours of abuse throughout his career but charges were never brought.

Both Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have said if Smith had been accused today he would be charged and prosecuted.

Justice Lowell Goddard, who is leading the public inquiry, said Rochdale council will also be examined.

And the inquiry look at the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.

It's Britain's largest-ever public inquiry.