It's very sad to hear of the passing of Sir Cyril Smith, the former MP for Rochdale and one of the most memorable public figures of the 70s and 80s - even more famous than Lembit is today.
I remember Cyril coming to the first Hemsworth by-election in Yorkshire in 1991. Our candidate, Val, owned a couple of fast food takeaways and we held a photo op with Val feeding pizza to Cyril. Not surprisingly, the cameras loved it.
Cyril was never one to 'conform' - he opposed the traditional party stance on capital punishment, nuclear weapons and abortion - and that attitude applied to himself as well. He wasn't someone with a weight problem - he was fat and never tried to hide it. Hence the willingness to play up to his caricature with the photo op in Hemsworth.
My condolences to Norman - his brother and ever faithful attendant - and the rest of the family.