Cyril Smith and the ‘culture of sniggering’

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel insists that “no complaint of any conduct against Cyril Smith MP was ever made to me“. This is despite Smith’s name coming up in connection with sex offences against children with alarming regularity over a 30 year period.

The police knew about Smith as early as 1965. Senior Liberals knew about Smith.

So why did nobody consider his behaviour serious enough to complain to the Liberal leader, David Steel? Perhaps they were too busy “sniggering” about child sexual abuse to bother making a complaint.


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