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Veteran Liberal MP’s asbestos industry links exposed

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The Daily Mirror has picked up on a story that’s been doing the rounds in Rochdale for a while – the revelations about dubious links between the veteran Liberal MP (now retired) Cyril Smith and the asbestos manufacturer, Turner and Newall. Documents recently obtained by local campaigners show that during the early 1980s, as public health concerns over asbestos grew, Smith wrote to the company – whose factory was based in his constituency – asking them to write him a speech which he would then read out in Parliament, passing it off as his own independent view. In the speech, Smith claimed that “the public at large is not at risk”, but failed to reveal that he was simply parroting the industry’s line. The following year it was disclosed that Smith owned 1,300 shares in Turner and Newall. Smith was unrepentant when questioned recently about the case by the Mirror: “Of course the speech was extremely useful to me because it made it sound as if I could speak intelligently on a subject I knew little about”.

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  1. There is a call to have Cyril Smith stripped of his knighthood. It doesn’t take long on Google to find out why. Not only is Cyril Smith’s past relationship with the asbestos industry disgraceful but there is also a whole cupboard of past skeletons rattling about.
    Cambridge House hostel in the 1960’s? Undeclared political donations? The scandal has only just begun.

    Brian

    November 15, 2008 at 8:52 pm


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