Cyril Smith

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Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK
Sir Cyril Smith was Liberal Party MP for Rochdale from 1972 until retiring in 1992.

Smith won the seat of Rochdale at the 1972 by-election with a large swing from Labour to the Liberals, the final tally giving Smith a majority of 5,171. He won the seat on five further occasions. In June 1975 Smith was appointed as the Liberals' Chief Whip and faced much pressure from the press in the wake of a sexual scandal involving party leader Jeremy Thorpe. Smith resigned as Chief Whip on health grounds. Read more...


Character: Himself

Dispatches 1987

Character: Himself

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