Steel ‘must quit’ over abuse fail­ure

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

A CAM­PAIGNER for child abuse vic­tims has called on ex-Lib Dems leader David Steel to quit the Lords af­ter fail­ing to ex­pose pae­dophile MP Cyril Smith.

For­mer Labour MP Si­mon Danczuk said he should also leave the Privy Coun­cil. Lord Steel has been sus­pended by his party. Mr Danczuk said: “You can’t have a leg­is­la­tor who turns a blind eye to child abuse. He can’t be made to stand down from the Lords, but it would be the right thing to do.” Last week Lord Steel told the In­de­pen­dent In­quiry into Child Sex­ual Abuse he asked the late MP in 1979 about claims he abused boys at a Rochdale hos­tel. He ad­mit­ted “as­sum­ing” Smith had com­mit­ted the of­fences but claimed it was “noth­ing to do with me”.

DE­MAND Danczuk

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