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Margaret Thatcher gave MP knighthood despite knowing child sex abuse claims against him, inquiry hears

Posted on October 10th, 2017 at 17:46 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Margaret Thatcher decided to award a knighthood to a suspected child abuser MP despite being aware of the allegations against him, an inquiry has heard.

The honour for then Rochdale MP Cyril Smith allowed him to continue to exploit his victims because he used the title to maintain ties with children’s organisations, investigators said.

The revelation came as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard witness statements as part of its probe into how Smith was allegedly able to abuse young boys at Cambridge House hostel and Knowl View residential school in Rochdale.


  1. The woman seemed to have a soft spot for abusers. She had that Jimmy Savile over for dinner more than once.

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