1. ITV Report

Simon Danczuk MP "relieved" after CPS drops rape allegation due to insufficient evidence

An historic allegation of rape, dating back to 2006, was made against the Labour MP in January 2016. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Crown Prosecution Service says it has decided no further action should be taken against the Labour MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, 49, following an investigation into allegations of rape.

Following receipt of a file from Lancashire Police in relation to Operation Lotus the evidence was considered by a specialist prosecutor in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. It has been decided that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

The complainant has been informed and we have written to her to fully explain our decision.

– CPS spokesperson

In a statement, Mr Danczuk said he is "grateful for the decision" and "relieved" that the investigation has now come to an end.

This has been an immensely stressful period for me and my family. I thank them for their continuing support. I now expect the Labour Party to conclude their investigation into these matters and lift my suspension as soon as possible.

– Simon Danczuk MP

Mr Danczuk is now calling for the Labour Party to conclude its investigation into the allegations and lift his suspension.