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Rochdale MP: 'We should have some sympathy for Vaz'

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has spoken in support of Labour MP Keith Vaz, who is facing allegations he paid for the services of male escorts.

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He told Good Morning Britain he believes there is a public interest in the story surrounding the Leicester East MP but says there should be "some sympathy for Keith" in the way he's been treated in the media.

The Rochdale MP also said Vaz makes a "positive contribution" to British politics and serves his constituency well.

Danczuk is currently suspended by the Labour party as MP for Rochdale following allegations he sent sexually explicit messages to a 17-year-old girl.


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VIDEO: 'Corbyn is on a temporary contract': Labour MP believes party 'experiment' is wrong and destined to fail

Simon Danczuk says the Jeremy Corbyn 'experiment' will be tested immediately Credit: ITV Granada

Simon Danczuk MP has dismissed Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader as an 'experiment' that will go wrong and said voters in his constituency will now turn their backs on the party.

In his only TV interview, the Rochdale MP told Granada Reports Jeremy Corbyn was 'on a temporary contract' and he only has a matter of 'weeks and months' to prove he is up to the job.

"When I was out knocking doors (in Rochdale) a few weeks ago testing views on Jeremy, people weren't enthusiastic about him at all," said Mr Danczuk.

"Not a single person (I spoke to) believed they would support Labour if he was the leader. That's why I have concerns about it."

While North West MPs like Barbara Keeley, Andrew Gwynne and Bill Esterson, who all voted for Andy Burnham, called for unity following the result, Mr Danczuk immediately placed pressure on Labour's new leader to perform well at Prime Minister's Questions, compromise on his 'left-wing views' and appeal to the public on issues such as defence.

Jeremy Corbyn celebrates his impressive victory on Saturday Credit: PA

The Rochdale MP, who voted for Liz Kendall in the leadership contest, also heavily criticised Mr Corbyn's acceptance speech, which he described as 'insular' and said 'clearly shown for him it's politics as normal' and 'didn't reach out to the wider public.'

The veteran left winger got almost 60% of the vote in the contest, beating Leigh MP his Andy Burnham into second place.

WATCH: The full interview with Simon Danczuk on Jeremy Corbyn's victory

Could Danczuk be deputy of the Labour party?

Deputy Danczuk? Credit: PA Images

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.


Danczuk hints at Miliband stepping down as party leader

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has told Sky News that he understands Ed Miliband will be stepping down as Labour leader.

Simon Danczuk MP Credit: Press Association

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."

– Simon Danczuk MP
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Labour MP: 'I am worried Wanless was set up to fail'

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."

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