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Revealed: Rochdale spanker Cyril Smith’s links to Jimmy Savile and the BBC

by | 13th, November 2012

WE told you Sir Cyril Smith was next. The former Liberal Democrat MP for Rochdale and former Labour Party councillor (oh, dread place), who died in 2010, was long rumoured to have been a paedophile. Labour MP Simon Danczuk, whose posterior now occupies the Rochdale constituency, told the House of Commons: Young boys were humiliated, terrified and reduced to quivering wrecks by a 29st bully imposing himself on them.

In 2010, before news reached us that the gargantuan MP had had a sports centre named after him, we reported  the claim that former LibDem leader David Steel’s Press Office was quoted as saying on 22nd April 1979: ”  all  he seems to have done is spanked a few bare bottom s.”

We told you:

The original complaint concerned a resident of Cambridge Boys Hostel, Castlemere Street, Rochdale (it closed in 1965) . Eventually 7 people made complaints. One said:  “… he took me into the quiet Room. He told me to take my trousers down and bend over his knee…” Another one claimed: “Cyril Smith found out I had taken some money . He asked me if I would accept his punishment or be dealt with by the authorities…” Another  alleged: “He told me to take my trousers and pants down. He held my testicles and told me to cough”…

The Rochdale Raw blog wrote in 2009 when Smith was alive that claims had been levelled against him in Rochdale’s Alternative Paper (RAP). The story was called   “The Strange Case of Smith the Man ”.

Interestingly, RAP claims The Rochdale Observer NEVER mentioned a word of the scandal “. Smith never sued RAP nor Private Eye, which published the allegations in 1979. That means little. Suing shines a light on the matter. It makes everyone wonder if there is fire behind the smoke. It raises the profile of the accuser. Not every untruth printed has been challenged in court. Some people just laugh it off.

But was the local paper too close to Smith? The Rochdale Observer is owned by Trinity Mirror. The Mirror notes:

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said they were not planning to investigate the matter as there are no current allegations pending.

Trinity Mirror bought the Rochdale Observer from The Guardian Media Group as part of a package that included the Manchester Evening News and 21 weeklies for £44.8m in 2010. Did the last owners ignore Smith’s alleged paedophilia? The new owners seem keen to go after Smith. In 2008, the Mirror wanted Smith stripped

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