Cyril Smith: Eyewitness Account.

Foreword: The police were aware of accusations that Cyril Smith was a child abuser seven years before he became an MP in 1965. Operation Fernbridge is investigating sexual abuse of children from Richmond care homes, including Grafton Close, that took place between 1979 and 1982. This account is from the very beginning of that period.

Cyril Smith’s name was found in documents seized under warrant by the Fernbridge police. Cyril Smith visited the Elm Guest House, along with other VIPs, and abused young boys there. Apparently, he was at one time banned from Elm Guest House for failing to pay for a toilet seat that he had broken.

In 1979, I supported the by-election for Manchester. Tony Parkinson was the Liberal Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, but Manchester (as a city centre constituency) didn’t have a local group.  The regional Liberal group therefore looked to Middleton, Prestwich and Whitefield Constituency to provide a ‘headquarters’ for the man-power and the organisation.

It was always accepted that Tony Parkinson wouldn’t win – it was one of those situations where the Liberals had to be seen to be fighting in the arena – but it was a lost cause from the beginning.  The Regional Liberal Party (run by John Towers) put up the deposit.  David Alton had made it into the House of Commons after our stalwart efforts of support.

David Whatmough had failed to make a dent in the voting when he stood for Whitefiled, Prestwich and Middleton (and we lost our deposit)
So David Alton visited our ‘headquarters’ (that was my flat) to encourage those of us who were working a full day in professional jobs, and then working another 6 hour evening, to keep the campaign going. I have nothing to say against David Alton. He was always respectful and gentlemanly in my company.

However, there was great excitement when we were told that Cyril Smith MP would come to see ‘all the workers’.  He would come to my flat and help address the postal envelopes with the other ‘workers’.  This felt like a great honour.  By that time (1979) Cyril Smith was a local celebrity.  We phoned the parents of our Young Liberals and explained that Cyril Smith would be arriving …if the Young Liberals would like to attend, they were welcome to come and address some envelopes at the same time and meet Cyril Smith.

Cyril Smith was late but eventually arrived with the Regional Organiser who was acting as his chauffeur. Tony Parkinson’s campaign manager was almost living full-time in the spare bedroom of the headquarters and not doing a lot even though he was paid!  So, Cyril Smith lumbered up my stairs, huffing and puffing and shouting that he had arrived. You can imagine our excitement…we felt so honoured that a person who was a local celebrity and a Liberal icon had graced us with his presence.

He took up the whole of the door-way into my lounge.  John Towers had to introduce him to Tony Parkinson (the PPC) and also to the campaign manager.  I asked Cyril Smith to take a seat whilst I made him a cup of tea.  His answer?  “Well, I’ll need a bigger chair than that. When I have been cheeky on one seat I get cheeky on the other”  So I brought in another kitchen chair so that he sat on TWO kitchen chairs. He was actually HUGE so I thought I was discreetly solving a problem relating to his weight.

I didn’t see anything untoward but, within minutes, when he had wiggled his bottom from left to right – shouting lewd comments across the room – he had broken one of the kitchen chairs. I told him he would have to move and gave him a wooden chair to sit on at another table. He continued to be loud and lewd which made us feel very uncomfortable. (I think this is the time when we felt more on our guard and not overwhelmed by his celebrity status.)

Cyril Smith sat next to a 14 year old boy (I deliberately kept him away from the young girls after his lewd comments). He bantered with anyone – old, middle aged or young… and then his left hand moved onto the groin area of the 14 year old boy. The boy jumped sky-high! My late hubby saw it and moved in very quickly (he sent me a signal to get the 14 year old boy into a safe space next to me).  Hubby placed a firm hand on Cyril Smith’s shoulder whilst he ‘whispered’ in Smith’s ear. I believe that my late hubby told Cyril Smith to either remove himself immediately (without bother) or my hubby would remove him without ceremony.

How my 12 stone hubby would have removed a 30 stone MP I don’t know!  Maybe we are sometimes empowered by the sense of indignity, right and safeguarding of those in our care.  Cyril Smith did leave my flat without a fuss. My hubby reported this incident to the local police, Liberal Headquarters and the Region.

No further action was taken at that time.

So, when Cyril Smith came back onto the radar in 2012 and I heard on BBC News that ‘there were no allegations against him during his life-time’ I was incensed! I hadn’t yet come to terms with all the information I had about Jimmy Savile … so many people not reporting his unacceptable behaviour, turning a blind eye, ignoring, pretending, laughing it off as ‘Just Jimmy’

Well, I phoned my local police station and attended to make a formal witness statement.  Cyril Smith is dead, but the reason I went to the police station and gave witness testimony in 2012 is because that incident was covered up and ignored by police and the Liberal party in 1979.
The local Police have tried to find the original witness statement from my hubby (2012) but apparently “it doesn’t exist”.

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16 responses to “Cyril Smith: Eyewitness Account.

  1. This woman’s husband clearly didn’t believe in BBC etiquette else he would have smothered his amusement and then gossiped about the incident later – its only Cyril after all, the well known chastiser of small boys in care.

  2. Legion

    I wonder if the Chairman of the Liberal Party in 1979, Roger Pincham, who was found to be both deaf as a post and blind as a bat during the exposure of child abuse at St James Schools, will now be found to be dumb and have an unproductive memory in order to facilitate “no recollection” of events surrounding more allegations of abuse even though it was once said that he was, “included in an informal shortlist of four most compelling Liberal orators of the latter decades of the 20th century.”
    I also wonder if he is now shedding some the weight he gained from the dietary regime instilled upon The School of Economic Science members by Leon Maclaren. Extraordinary how he put it on in the first place really considering……especially taking into account his abilities to levitate.

  3. dogman

    Outrageous behaviour and yet he obviously didn’t care what people thought of him and knew he was protected. Lots of them know that more of us are finding out the truth thanks to the internet, but I doubt that they lose sleep over it as they seem immune to prosecution. Incidentally, you would be surprised how light on their feet men become if you get a firm grip of their scrotum, twist and start lifting!

    • A good point. Cyril Smith obviously considered himself immune to prosecution or action. These people have been protected for a long, long time. It’s appalling.

  4. Are we still talking about child abuse, I thought it had all been covered up again oh well maybe not. Still no aristrocrates in the dock I see oh well maybe not, wake me up when the police decide To go for the ring leaders at the top nighty night, I’m going back to bed.

  5. I was just thinking I’m going to be sleeping for a very long time, waiting for Mr plod to do anything.

    • Sandie

      Sorry to sound flippant, but I have been reading blogs similar to this one, and guess what ?
      All victims accusations of abuse have been ignored by the people paid to care for them.
      Shameful.

  6. Sandie

    Night night, God bless, sleep well……

  7. dogman

    Sandie, I totally agree. You can see a pattern forming and the same goes on in lots of other countries. Coincidence? I think not, that’s the most overused word in the dictionary!

  8. IWTT

    Just to update you Gojam, 2 reporters have attempted to get this story into their MSM newspapers (August/September 2014). I am trusted by the reporters/photographer as a ‘whistleblower’ (and they have seen my photos) but a threat has been made to ‘sue the woman’. Legal depts have had to close the story.

  9. IWTT

    Another update GoJam …. apparently the Daily Mail now want to run the story (as of 31st March 2015). This is a political game for GE2015 and I am in the middle!

  10. IWTT

    GoJam, Thank you for your kind advice this afternoon. The photos have been sent to The Needle Team! (Give my regards to Operation Greenlight please)

  11. IWTT

    This article is a fabrication! Some is truth but so much is exaggeration and lies. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3025076/EXPOSED-Liberals-offered-hush-money-hide-Cyril-Smith-s-abuse-MP-SIMON-DANCZUK-reveals-devastating-new-evidence-raises-deeply-troubling-questions-David-Steel-Nick-Clegg.html#comments

    I have contacted Matt Baker to say so.

    My anger is that Simon Danzcuk has been paid for this serialisation of ‘his’ book. I have never met Simon Danzcuk, nor have I drunk tea with him in a Manchester hotel. He certainly hasn’t looked through or seen my personal photos of CS.

    I do NOT have a photo of ‘the innocent 14 year old’ next to Cyril Smith in the same photograph.

    I hope that David Icke also takes note about what I have said – he used this embellished story as one of his headlines: http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/how-liberals-offered-hush-money-to-hide-cyril-smiths-abuse-mp-simon-danczuk-reveals-devastating-new-evidence-that-raises-deeply-troubling-questions-for-david-steel-and-nick-clegg/