Cyril Smith was a Liberal, then Liberal Democrat, MP for Rochdale from 1972 to 1992.
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- Greater Manchester police is examining whether to widen inquiry surrounding abuse of boys by the late Liberal MP
By Ben Quinn
28 April 2014
Police are reportedly reviewing whether there is evidence that alleged sexual abuse committed by the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith was covered up by individuals at Rochdale council.
An investigation is already under way into allegations that Smith raped boys at Rochdale's Knowl View residential school, which closed in 1992, and abused boys at the privately run Cambridge House children's care home, which closed in 1965.
Greater Manchester police is now examining whether to widen the force's inquiry to look into whether there was a coverup by individuals at Rochdale council, one of the local authorities that ran the Knowl View school.
Tim Farron, the president of the Liberal Democrats, said on Saturday that the party needed to answer serious questions about who knew that Smith faced allegations of sex abuse. Farron said a police investigation was the best way of dealing with the claims against the politician, who died in 2010 aged 82.