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Inquiry urged into MI5 cover-up of child abuse by ex-UK MP
A British lawmaker urges an inquiry into MI5 cover-up of child abuse by former MP Sir Cyril Smith.
A British lawmaker urges an inquiry into MI5 cover-up of child abuse by former MP Sir Cyril Smith.
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:36AM
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A British lawmaker has called for an inquiry into the role of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency MI5 in a potential "cover-up" of alleged sexual abuse by former MP Sir Cyril Smith in the 1960s.


At Home Office Questions in the House of Commons on November 19, Rochdale’s MP Simon Danczuk called on British Home Secretary Theresa May to investigate the accusations about Smith and the role of the British Internal Security’s spies in hushing up allegations against the former Liberal Democrat MP.

The Labour MP said MI5 could have helped cover up claims of child abuse against Smith, who died in 2010.

"[Will the Home Secretary say] What role, if any the Security Service played; and how the Government now intends getting to the bottom of what several former police officers are now referring to as 'a cover-up'?” Danczuk asked.

Several former residents of a Rochdale boys' hostel have claimed they were assaulted by the Liberal Democrat politician during the 1960s.

Last week, Tony Robinson, a special branch officer with Lancashire Police in the 1970s, said a dossier of sexual abuse allegations against Smith which police claimed was "lost" was actually seized by MI5.

Allegations of a large paedophile ring linked to former British MPs are being disclosed, since the recent sex abuse accusations against former BBC star Jimmy Savile.

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