Sir Cyril Smith (28 June 1928 – 3 September 2010) MBE, was a British member of Parliament of Rochdale. He became known as "Big Cyril" due to his large size, made him one of the recognizable British politicians in 70's. Since the late 1970's, Smith had been accused of sexually abusing boys in a Hostel that he co-founded and in a residential school in Rochdale where Smith was a governor. Two years after Smith's death, an inquiry was called for in order to investigate the alleged abuse. The result of the inquiry was that many victims of Smith's abuse had revealed to have been spanked and molested in care homes and schools.