Cyril Smith MP
It was the late summer of 1980 and I was standing outside Euston Station following an enjoyable day out in London.
Suddenly I heard a kerfuffle at the nearby taxi rank.
I apologise to anyone who may find the following offensive but it really was bizarre in the extreme.
I turned to witness the gargantuan Cyril Smith trying and failing to get into the back of a black cab.
The moment of dark humour was complete when a man – I presume to be his secretary or parliamentary aide – pushed him with both hands into the taxi.
Suddenly he was in!
It was like a dry cork popping from an over-full wine bottle. The aide looked exhausted!
I never did find out how Mr Smith exited the taxi or whether this was a daily exercise in fat cabs.
Cyril Smith died in 2010 aged 82.
In 2012, following allegations of child abuse, the Crown Prosecution Service formally admitted Smith should have been charged with the sexual abuse of boys during his lifetime.
Greater Manchester Police said the boys “were victims of physical and sexual abuse” by Smith.
In November 2012, GMP Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said there was “overwhelming evidence” that young boys were sexually and physically abused by Smith.