Sir Cyril Smith (28 June 1928 – 3 September 2010) was a British politician who served as Liberal and Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Rochdale from 1972 until his retirement in 1992.
He was born in Rochdale, and was, as he once described himself, “illegitimate, deprived and poor”. Though he never knew the name of his father, he commented “I suspect I ... more »
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''This place is the longest running farce in the West End.''Cyril Smith (b. 1928), British Liberal politician. Comment, July 1973. Quoted in Big Cyril (autobiography), ch. 8, Cyril Smith (1977).