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PM confirms Cyril Smith police probe

PM confirms Cyril Smith police probe
Greater Manchester Police will investigate allegations of child abuse by the late Cyril Smith, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

PoliticsHome last week revealed details of new allegations against the former Rochdale MP.

Mr Cameron was asked about the issue today by Labour MP Simon Danczuk at Prime Minister's Questions.

Mr Danczuk said: "Victims of abuse already find it difficult to come forward including those abused by Cyril Smith in Rochdale. On that issue, will the Prime Minister now help the victims by publishing all the police files on Smith and ensure a police investigation takes place into all the allegations and into any cover-up?"

Mr Cameron responded: "I understand that Greater Manchester police have today confirmed they will investigate any allegations of sexual abuse involving the late Sir Cyril Smith from 1974 onwards."

Catch up on all the action from today's PMQs at our liveblog.

The investigation comes as the Deputy Children's Commissioner has warned that the issue of child sexual exploitation is not confined to the Asian community.

Sue Berelowitz said there was a "bigger picture" than simply problems within one sector of society.

Her report, published today, found that thousands of children in England are raped and abused from as young as 11.

“Our report found that there is that model of Pakistani men and white girls, but it’s only one model and it is extraordinarily important that everybody wakes up to the fact that there are other models of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation as well , because otherwise what we’ve found is that victims are falling through the net. And, of course, that perpetrators are falling through the net – they’re not being identified and apprehended," she told ITV's Daybreak.

“So part of the wake-up call is this is not just one group of males within one community doing something – that’s part of the picture, it’s a bigger picture than that though."

But Education Secretary Michael Gove is reported to be critical of the review for not coming down more strongly on the role of Asian men, accusing it of "political correctness".

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