'Former Liberal leader Lord Steel has denied 'hiding his head in the sand' over child abuse allegations against former Rochdale MP Sir Cyril Smith, despite admitting he had assumed Smith was guilty of horrific crimes.
Lord Steel said he asked the late politician in 1979 about claims he abused boys at a Rochdale hostel and learned it dated back to Smith's time as a Labour councillor in the 1960s.
He told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) today that he came away from the conversation with Smith 'assuming' he had committed the offences because he did not deny them.
He said Smith had told him police had investigated the claims and taken no action.
The IICSA heard no formal inquiry was then held by the party into the claims.
On the suggestion no action was taken then because Lord Steel did not want to get involved in a nasty confrontation with Smith, he told the hearing: 'I wouldn't have been hiding my head in the sand.
'These allegations all related to a period some years before he was even an MP and before he was even a member of the party, therefore it did not seem to me that I had any position in the matter at all.'
Smith, who was an MP for Rochdale between 1972 and 1992, is accused of sexually abusing a number of boys.'
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