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MP Simon Danczuk to repay £11,000 expenses

Simon Danczuk Credit: PA

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has agreed to repay more than £11,000 in expenses after a watchdog found he claimed extra accommodation costs for two children who did not "routinely" live with him.

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) compliance officer Peter Davis said Mr Danczuk put in for the top-up cash over three years.

Alongside the £11,583 excess, Mr Danczuk was also found to have wrongly claimed £96.50 in parking charges while on holiday in Spain.

In a statement, the MP said he had acted on what he "believed at the time" to be allowed and hoped Ipsa would review the rules.

"I am relieved that this issue has finally been cleared up and I will, of course, repay the full amount at the earliest opportunity," he said.


Simon Danczuk 'understands' Miliband will resign

Labour MP for Rochdale Simon Danczuk said he "understands" Mr Miliband will be standing down but denied the party was in crisis.

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

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."


Rochdale MP says abuse report 'doesn't go far enough'

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has told ITV News the child sexual exploitation report "doesn't go far enough".

Echoing the comments made by Rochdale whistleblower Sara Rowbotham, Mr Danczuk said, "If she says this report doesn't go far enough then that's good enough for me."

He said the report, led by Stockport MP Ann Coffey, was "really attempting to shift the blame away from the perpetrators and away from the police, and towards public opinion."

"There is certainly a need to learn [from abuse cases] across the country as a whole," the MP added.

Providing child sex abuse files 'proof of transparency'

Submitting mislaid files on historical child sex abuse at Westminster is "the test of the Home Office's transparency," according to the MP who lead the campaign for the inquiry into allegations of peadophilia at Parliament.

Simon Danczuk told Good Morning Britain failure to hand in the missing files may lead to the Home Office's permanent secretary to be recalled to answer questions from the Home Affairs select committee.

MP urges Butler-Sloss to stand down from abuse inquiry

The MP who has led the campaign for an inquiry into allegations of a high-level cover-up of child sex abuse has urged the former High Court judge appointed to oversee the investigation to stand down because she is too closely linked to the establishment.

Baroness Butler-Sloss has been tasked with heading the probe into whether alleged abuse by politicians and other powerful figures in institutions between the 1970s and 1990s was swept under the carpet.

Labour MP Simon Danczuk. Credit: ITV News

Labour's Simon Danczuk claimed Baroness Butler-Sloss' position was compromised because her late brother, Sir Michael Havers, was attorney general at the time that many of the allegations relate to.

He told the BBC: "We want somebody in the chair that exudes confidence and that's not the case. She is part of the establishment and that raises concerns, and the relationship in terms of her brother, I think, is too close for comfort. I think that's the conclusion most people will reach.

"I think the Government should think again in terms of who they have appointed for this position."

"It beggars belief that that hadn't been considered in the first place," he added.