Cyril Smith testing a new type of rope, December 1987.
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'Cyril Smith hanging by a thread at G-Mex. The 28-stone Liberal MP was hoisted up in a special chair to prove the strength of a new pencil-thin rope at a Manchester textile exhibition. But despite being insured for £1 million, Cyril was taking no chances. "Five feet and no bloody further", he instructed the crane driver.'