A Conservative councillor in Northampton has been criticised for making a joke about suspected paedophile and former Lib Dem MP, Cyril Smith in a council meeting.
Lib Dem councillor Sally Beardsworth said she was horrified that Cllr Michael Hill made a joke at the expense of victims of paedophiles. He had said that maintaining a promise in a Lib Dem manifesto was "like putting Cyril Smith in charge of child protection".
Cllr Hill withdrew his comment when asked.A lot of children have suffered terribly at the hands of paedophiles and to make that quip at their expense I thought was horrifying.
I have been on the adoption panel for years and I know how damaged children can be by paedophiles, so it is not something you jest about. I think it back-fired.