Sir Cyril Smith was a British Liberal Member of Parliament for Rochdale. After his death, numerous allegations of child sexual abuse by Smith emerged, leading the police to believe that Smith was a serial sex offender. Smith was first active in local politics as a Liberal in 1945 before switching to Labour in 1950; he served as a Labour councillor in Rochdale from 1950 and became mayor in 1966. He subsequently switched parties again and entered Parliament as a Liberal in 1972, winning his Rochdale seat on five further occasions. Smith was appointed the Liberal Chief Whip in June 1975 but later resigned on health grounds. In his later years as an MP, Smith opposed an alliance with the Social Democratic Party and did not stand for re-election in 1992, but remained loyal to the Liberal Democrats upon the parties’ merger. Throughout much of his career, he maintained a high profile in the media, and became a well-known public figure.
|Born:||June 28, 1928, Rochdale, Lancashire, England|
|Died:||September 3, 2010, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England|
|Political party:||Liberal Party (1945–1951, 1970–1988), Labour Party (1952–1966), Independent (1966–1970), Liberal Democrats (1988–2010)|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in|
|Preceded by:||David Steel|
|Succeeded by:||Alan Beith|
About Cyril Smith
Liberal English politician who served as a Member of Parliament for twenty years from 1972 to 1992. He was notably involved in a cover-up of a health risk at a local asbestos factory that caused many to call for him to be stripped of his knighthood.
He joined the Liberal Party in 1945, at age seventeen before becoming Rochdale’s mayor.
He was the subject of a scandal regarding sexual abuse allegations that were made against him in the 1970’s but didn’t really come to light until after his death.
He was never married but had two siblings, Eunice and Norman.
He was appointed to the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1966.
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