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'Lord Steel quit the Lib Dems today after an inquiry slammed his failure to report child sex abuse claims against the late MP Cyril Smith. The former Liberal Party leader, 81, said he will also retire from the House of Lords "as soon as possible" after 55 years' unbroken service in Parliament.
'But the grandee did not apologise or admit wrongdoing. Instead he said he was quitting to avoid "turmoil" in his party. He added he had struggled to hear while giving evidence, and was unable to clarify his evidence to the inquiry. It suggests Lord Steel can no longer be expelled from the Lib Dems - a prospect which had been reportedly mulled by party chiefs.'
Ex-Liberal leader David Steel quit the Lib Dems and will retire from the House of Lords after an inquiry slammed him for failing to pass on allegations about the late MP Cyril Smithwww.mirror.co.uk