Cyril Smith abused a young victim in the Houses of Parliament, following 18-months 'grooming' by the MP, according to a report in the Guardian.

The abuse victim, who said he was 17 and a liberal activist at the time, told the newspaper MPs continue to walk past the room as the assault took place. Smith had allegedly offered to advance his political career.

Earlier this week Greater Manchester Police said it was this “publicly acknowledging that young boys were victims of physical and sexual abuse committed by Smith” in his home town of Rochdale.

Smith, who died in 2010 aged 82, had a close friendship with Jimmy Savile, The Sun has revealed.

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Police say there is evidence Sir Cyril Smith abused young boys

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The former MP for Rochdale was elected to parliament in 1972 and was dogged by rumours of abuse throughout his career, although charges were never brought.

According to GMP, which has now assumed full responsibility for the case, prosecutors were given evidence about Smith three times - in 1970, February 1998 and March 1999 - and each time missed their chance.

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Jimmy Savile and Smith were friends for four decades

Police are investigation allegations Savile abused children throughout his career as a DJ and TV personality.

They are following 400 lines of inquiry as part of the investigation into Savile's activities, and the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the broadcaster during the era of the alleged abuse.