Fmr. British PM slammed for pedophilia cover-up
Britain’s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been denounced for “turning a blind eye” to UK politicians’ sexual abuse of children.
British lawmaker Simon Danczuk, who exposed former MP Cyril Smith as a prolific child abuser, told Sky News: “There is no doubt about it now, from what we know, that she turned a blind eye to people who were quite clearly pedophiles.”
“That is absolutely clear. It is a real stain on Margaret Thatcher’s legacy and I don’t get any pleasure from saying that, but she turned a blind eye to it.”
Smith (pictured below) was investigated in 1970, 1988 and in 1999 on suspicion of “indecent assault against teenage boys” in the 1960s. But at the time, the authorities decided there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.
The Rochdale MP also said the government is refusing to publish at least four other files on historic child abuse because it was worried about what information may come out before May’s general election.
He added: “(The Cabinet Office) have resisted publishing these documents for over 12 months – that’s not acceptable. They refused to tell the public who nominated Cyril Smith for a knighthood. And we now know they are resisting publishing at least four other files relating to historic child sexual abuse.”
The Cabinet Office has denied trying to cover up information about Downing Street’s knowledge of Smith’s abuse of young boys before he was knighted.
Documents show Thatcher was made aware of the claims about the Liberal MP before he was handed the honor in 1988.
Smith died in Rochdale in 2010 aged 82. Margaret Thatcher was prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She died in London in 2013.