Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says his battle to expose abuse left him depressed and helped wreck his marriage.Read the full story ›
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk may throw his hat in the ring to become deputy leader of the Labour party.
The MEN report he had been asked by several colleagues to stand for the position. In order to get onto the ballot paper, he will need to get the support of 35 MPs. Meanwhile, Leigh MP Andy Burnham has emerged asa contender to lead the party.
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says the Labour party had the "wrong personalities" leading their election campaign.
In an interview with ITV Granada he said the public have made their minds up on Ed Miliband.
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has told Sky News that he understands Ed Miliband will be stepping down as Labour leader.
During an interview he said:
"I'm not suggesting everything is tickety-boo - quite the contrary, it's not been a good night for the Labour Party, there is no doubt about that. I don't believe it is a good night for the vast majority of people in the United Kingdom because I think they would have been better served by a Labour government. It's interesting times in which we find ourselves, politically, and what Labour now has to do is examine what went wrong with the election campaign, how we can get it right, how we can appeal to the electorate, whatever policies we need to talk more about. I understand Ed Miliband is going to announce he is standing down so yes, we will move towards a leadership election. I think that should be welcomed and it will be interesting to see who puts themselves forward."
Rochdale's MP has launched a strongly worded assault on Ed Miliband claiming he is seen as "more of a toff than David Cameron" by voters.Read the full story ›
NSPCC chief Peter Wanless may have "been set up to fail" because he has only had six weeks to investigate what happened to crucial documents in an alleged child sex abuse scandal which have been "lost or destroyed".
Simon Danczuk told Good Morning Britain: "I've talked to experts who carry out these types of reviews using digital technology who say you would need about six months to go through 20 years of documents."
A report into how police handled sex abuse claims in the 1980's is expected to reveal it's failed to find the missing documents that prompted the inquiry
The report centres on concerns the authorities did not act on information passed to them by the then Littleborough and Saddleworth MP Geoffrey Dickens about a possible paedophile ring in Westminster.
The Home Office had previously said the so-called Dickens dossier had been destroyed. A statement is expected from the Home Office at 9.30 this morning
It's emerged that a North West MP who was trying to expose an alleged paedophile ring at the heart of the British Establishment feared his campaign would die with him.
Geoffrey Dickens, who was MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth until his death in 1995, was seriously ill when he confided to a friend that he had compiled a dossier naming several high profile suspects.
Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:
Linda Fisher, Acting Chief Executive, Rochdale Borough Council:
“The historic activities at Knowl View and any subsequent accusations of wrong doing must be fully examined and Rochdale Borough Council very much welcomes the investigation by GMP police.
“We will continue to co-operate fully with the force’s inquiries making all information available.
“This is a positive step on the road to resolution and we are pleased the Force has acted swiftly to launch a criminal investigation.
“The people of Rochdale, the Council and most importantly the victims, need to have confidence in the process and faith that the truth will be discovered and any necessary actions taken.
“Our own independent review, being carried out by Neil Garnham QC, will recommence when this is deemed appropriate and in agreement with GMP.”
“We welcome the verdicts and sentences handed down today to those responsible for the murder of Khuram Shaikh. We hope that this will begin some closure for his family and friends who have faced a long and difficult fight for justice.
"The officials of the Attorney General’s office have shown great professionalism and integrity and we would like to thank them. We will continue to monitor any developments in the case closely.”