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An interesting snippet about Sir Cyril Smith

Michael Crick | 15:12 UK time, Friday, 3 September 2010

An interesting snippet about Sir Cyril Smith, whose death was announced today.

In March 1974 Cyril Smith blocked Jeremy Thorpe's plans to join a coalition with Ted Heath - interesting in itself given the events of May 2010.

And, as my friend Tom Fairbrother points out, it means that by LOSING the Rochdale by-election (to Smith) in 1972, Labour inadvertently propelled itself back to power two years later!

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