MP Cyril Smith abused boys, say police
Police have acknowledged that the late MP Cyril Smith sexually and physically abused young boys in the 1960s.
Smith was dogged by rumours of abuse throughout his career but charges were never brought.
Both Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Crown Prosecution Service said if Smith had been accused today he would be charged and prosecuted.
Smith was secretary of the Rochdale Hostel for Boys Association, where he was accused of abusing vulnerable youngsters.