MP ‘as­saulted sick young­ster’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By PAUL BRIT­TON

AN al­leged vic­tim of the late MP Cyril Smith has de­scribed be­ing de­nied ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion for a rup­tured ap­pen­dix un­til the politi­cian had fin­ished ‘fondling’ him.

The man, speak­ing anony­mously, told the national child abuse in­quiry that he suf­fered both phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse when stay­ing at the Cam­bridge House hos­tel in Rochdale as a teenager.

He said Smith, who was then a coun­cil­lor in the town, had a close re­la­tion­ship with some of the man­agers dur­ing his res­i­dency in the 1960s, in­clud­ing Edith Saille.

On one oc­ca­sion, he be­gan suf­fer­ing from se­vere ab­dom­i­nal pain and a high tem­per­a­ture – but no doc­tor turned up de­spite his re­quest.

He told the In­de­pen­dent In­quiry into Child Sex­ual Abuse, which is ex­am­in­ing decades of child pro­tec­tion fail­ings at Rochdale in­sti­tu­tions: “Then Cyril Smith turned up, he started prod­ding me around and then he started fondling and said to Mrs Saille ‘There is noth­ing wrong with him.’

“I ended up in Rochdale In­fir­mary with a rup­tured ap­pen­dix.”

He claimed abuse at the hands of the politi­cian be­gan al­most as soon as he ar­rived at Cam­bridge House, telling the in­quiry: “He was Cyril Smith - what could I do? I was 15 years old. I was scared **** less.”

Smith, he said, had close ties to the hos­tel and or­gan­ised Christ­mas par­ties among other so­cial func­tions.

The al­leged vic­tim ar­rived at Cam­bridge House when he was in his mid­teens and is one of a string of for­mer res­i­dents to claim Smith abused them as boys.

Smith never faced pros­e­cu­tion be­fore his death in 2010, de­spite en­dur­ing a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer dogged by po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions and ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual abuse. The al­leged vic­tim ex­pressed anger at the amount of time it took for his al­le­ga­tions to come to light.

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