Syril Smith -1988
SIR CYRIL SMITH Liberal MP for Rochdale, at the Social and Liberal Democrats Conference in Blackpool 1988. He once described himself as ‘illegitimate, deprived and poor’. One of the most recognised MP’s of his generation he was nicknamed ‘Big Cyril’. He died in 2010 suffering from cancer and weighing just 10 stone.
Photograph © Howard Barlow