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FullSizeRender1.jpgRochdale MP Simon Danczuk went the distance when it came to supporting a very worthy cause.

Mr Danczuk raised more than £800 for Rochdale homelessness charity Petrus by completing the 2016 London Marathon with a time of 4 hours and 49 minutes.

Petrus provides residential and day support services for people in housing need throughout Rochdale Borough.

The cheque was presented to Mayor and Mayoress councillors Surinder and Cecile Biant.

Simon Danczuk said: “I have visited Petrus on a number of occasions and have seen first-hand all the excellent work their staff and volunteers do to tackle homelessness in our area.

“Thank you to everyone who sponsored me, rest assured your contribution will be put to good use helping vulnerable people in the community.

“A full marathon is almost enough to put me off running altogether but I am already looking forward to my next charity challenge.”

MP’s marathon effort raises funds for Rochdale charity‏

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk went the distance when it came to supporting a very worthy cause. Mr Danczuk raised more than £800 for Rochdale homelessness charity Petrus by completing the...

IMG_2894_(1).JPGRochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined the regulars at a threatened local pub to toast a planning victory over the building's owners.

Mr Danczuk and the team at the Bull’s Head in Smallbridge raised a glass in celebration after officers at Rochdale Council rejected an application to convert the pub into a vet’s surgery.

The planning application, submitted by the pub’s Kent based owners Prontoserve, was kept a secret from the Bull’s Head long serving landlords and tenants Paul Quinn and Kay Bevan.

The couple contacted Mr Danczuk when they discovered a planning notice attached to a nearby lamppost.

After interventions from the MP and others, planning bosses at Rochdale Council refused the proposal put forward by Prontoserve.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk said: “This is a great victory for a small local pub over out-of-town developers.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who helped raise awareness and showed their support to the Bull’s Head. Paul, Kay and their many regulars have had some fantastic backing from local councillors and well wishers across Rochdale.

“But we’re not out of the woods yet. I am now helping Paul and Kay explore different options to make sure this fantastic community asset is protected and can continue to serve local people for many years to come.”

Simon Danczuk raises a glass to Bull’s Head victory‏

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined the regulars at a threatened local pub to toast a planning victory over the building's owners. Mr Danczuk and the team at the Bull’s Head...

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This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale.

In total, staff handled 60 significant new cases in June, dealing with everything from healthcare to highways.

Key points:

  • Last month, 7% of cases related to business in the constituency. Simon recently visited the new premises of Rochdale Mobility in Yorkshire Street. The MP heralded the opening as another positive step for the Rochdale’s high street saying “shops like this represent all the best things about small independent businesses”

  • The casework team dealt with new education cases in the last month. In Parliament, Simon contributed to an education debate - stressing the need for reform in Greater Manchester to help young people in Rochdale get better access to skills training.

  • Immigration accounted for 40% of new cases in June. Simon has frequently challenged the Government over the high number of asylum seekers in Rochdale and this week called on the leadership of the Labour Party to listen more carefully to voters’ concerns about immigration.

NB: These figures do not include ongoing cases that were opened before June 1 or responses to queries about policy or campaigns, which are handled by the Westminster office.

Casework in Rochdale constituency office - June 2016

  This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale. In total, staff handled 60...

SD_in_commons.jpgRochdale MP Simon Danczuk is calling on constituents to give the Prime Minister a grilling over the issues that matter to them.

Mr Danczuk has won the ballot for the right to quiz David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday June 29th and wants to pose a query that comes directly from a Rochdale resident.

PMQs is the most watched event in the weekly political calendar with David Cameron answering questions from MPs across the House of Commons.

Mr Danczuk said: “PMQs are the main showpiece of the Parliamentary schedule and this is your opportunity to put the Prime Minister on the spot.

“The chance to ask a question at PMQs is a coverted opportunity among MPs and I want to make absolutely sure that I am addressing the issues that mean the most to the people of Rochdale.

“Whether your question is about the economy, the EU, transport, crime or education - this is your chance to hold the Prime Minister to account directly.”

To suggest a question for Simon to ask at PMQs, email your submission to simon.danczuk.mp@parliament.uk with the subject “PMQs”.

Alternatively, written suggestions can be sent to 26 St Mary’s Gate, Rochdale, OL16 1DZ.

Please include your name, email address, postal address including postcode and contact number.

Simon Danczuk offers Rochdale residents chance to quiz Prime Minister‏

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk is calling on constituents to give the Prime Minister a grilling over the issues that matter to them. Mr Danczuk has won the ballot for the...

Simon_Danczuk_2.jpgRochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined in the Beer Day Britain celebrations and raised a glass to the nation’s favourite drink.

Mr Danczuk and his Parliamentary colleagues enjoyed a pint at The Britannia Arms, a pop up pub in the grounds of the historic Jewel Tower opposite the House of Commons, on Wednesday.

MPs and peers were able to sample beer and pub food from across the UK and toast Britain’s beer heritage.

The Jewel Tower is where, in the 19th century, the pint was officially recognized as the legal measure for draught beer.

Many of the most famous beer styles brewed around the world were invented in Britain, including Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and Stout.

Mr Danczuk said: “Britain has a proud history when it comes to producing quality beer.

“It’s important to celebrate this heritage as a reminder of how valuable our local pubs are.”

Simon Danczuk says “cheers” for beer‏

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined in the Beer Day Britain celebrations and raised a glass to the nation’s favourite drink. Mr Danczuk and his Parliamentary colleagues enjoyed a pint at...

IMG_2889.JPGFootball fans in Rochdale now have an extra reason to cheer for England at Euro 2016, after Simon Danczuk backed the team in a charity bet with William Hill.

The MP punted for Roy Hodgson's men to make it all the way to the final of the tournament, with all winnings from the £40 bet going to Rochdale Samaritans.

The bet was placed during Mr Danczuk’s visit to the Rochdale branch of William Hill in Baillie Street, where he spoke with staff and learned more about the bookie's latest campaign to encourage responsible gambling.

Mr Danczuk said: “Call me hopelessly optimistic but I really think England can go all the way to the final on July 10.

“It’s all a bit of fun with the added bonus that I get to help Rochdale Samaritans who do such amazing work helping people in our town in their hour of need.”

Danczuk hopes England team can net big winnings for Rochdale charity‏

Football fans in Rochdale now have an extra reason to cheer for England at Euro 2016, after Simon Danczuk backed the team in a charity bet with William Hill. The...

RM3.JPGSimon Danczuk believes Rochdale town centre is really going places as he welcomed a much-loved local business to its new home.

The MP cut the ribbon to declare the new Yorkshire Street premises of Rochdale Mobility officially open for business.

The shop is already a Rochdale institution after spending time in the Exchange Shopping Centre and owner Dale Nugent hopes the move to a new home will help him build on this success.

As the only shop of its kind in the town, Rochdale Mobility provides everything from wheelchairs to rise and recline chairs to help people with mobility problems.

Mr Nugent said: “We’re one of the main suppliers of scooters and specialist mobility equipment in the North West.

“I started in Ashton a few years ago but I wanted to open a shop here because it’s my home town and I saw that there was a bigger need for a shop like this in Rochdale.

“Since then we’ve helped hundreds of customers and people come to rely on the service to help them get out and about. Otherwise they would be stuck inside, we help give them their independence.”

Mr Danczuk said: “I’m delighted that Rochdale Mobility has moved to its new premises on Rochdale’s main high street.

“For me, shops like this represent all the best things about small independent businesses.

“Dale is passionate about what he does and he works hard to build lasting relationships with his customers, who he treats more like friends.

“As Rochdale town centre continues to improve I hope to see more shops like this, catering to local needs and supporting our community.”

Rochdale Mobility is going places as Simon Danczuk declares new shop officially open‏

Simon Danczuk believes Rochdale town centre is really going places as he welcomed a much-loved local business to its new home. The MP cut the ribbon to declare the new...

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This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale.

In total, staff handled 61 significant new cases in May, dealing with everything from healthcare to highways.

Key points:

  • Almost one in 5 new cases this month related to housing issues, many of these from tenants requesting maintenance or repairs for housing association properties. Earlier this year, Simon wrote to Lord Heseltine of the Estates Regeneration Panel requesting a share of the £140 million in Government funding to improve homes in Rochdale.

  • Passengers have raised concerns about the new rail franchise awarded Arriva Rail North and the management of the Calder Valley Line. New timetables mean that trains are stopping more frequently in West Yorkshire while Littleborough and Smith Bridge stations are missing out. Simon has secured a meeting with Arriva Rail North Managing Director Alex Hynes to raise these issues and push for a better deal for commuters in our constituency.

  • Immigration issues continue to account for a significant share of monthly casework. This month, Simon spoke in Parliament to urge the Government to focus more on foreign policy and strategic interventions abroad to prevent any further influx of asylum seekers to the UK.

NB: These figures do not include ongoing cases that were opened before May 1 or responses to queries about policy or campaigns, which are handled by the Westminster office.

Casework in Rochdale constituency office - May 2016

This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale. In total, staff handled 61 significant...

IMG_2607.JPGBEER enthusiasts have joined Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk in the fight to save a beloved local pub from closure.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have given their backing to the landlords of the Bull’s Head in Smallbridge who are opposing plans by the pub’s owners to convert the building into a vet’s surgery.

Kent based firm Prontoserve have applied to Rochdale Council for permission to alter the use of the property on Halifax Road. In its application, the property business claimed the popular and profitable Bull’s Head is making a loss.

Despite running the pub for five years, Paul Quinn and Kay Bevan only learned of Prontoserve’s application when they read a planning notice posted on a nearby lamppost.

The couple have contacted Peter Alexander, chairman of Rochdale, Oldham and Bury branch of CAMRA, who offered advice about how to register the Bull’s Head as an Asset of Community Value.

If successful, this would pause the planning application and could eventually offer Paul, Kay and the pub’s regulars the chance to purchase the Bull’s Head and run it as a co-operative.

Mr Alexander said: “CAMRA supports pubs. We have lost too many recently. We believe that if a pub is can supply a living and meet the needs of its customers, then the people who know it best – willing landlords - should be allowed to continue to do so.  

“The Bull’s Head is a popular pub which meets local needs, serves and is supported by the community.  We support the continuation of viable pubs and will support campaigns such as this, to register them as a community asset.

After visiting the Bull’s Head earlier this month, Mr Danczuk raised the issue in Parliament and urged the Government to do more to protect local pubs.

Speaking about CAMRA’s contribution to the Bull’s Head campaign, Mr Danczuk said: “The support for the Bull’s Head is overwhelming and continues to grow by the day.

“Prontoserve have attempted to mislead planning officers by claiming the building is run down.

“But when it comes to assessing how valuable this pub is to Rochdale people, I will take the word of our local CAMRA branch over a Southern based property firm any day.”

CAMRA joins MP in fight to save Rochdale pub‏

BEER enthusiasts have joined Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk in the fight to save a beloved local pub from closure. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have given their backing to...

DSC00052.JPGRochdale MP Simon Danczuk has slammed the high cost of ice cream van licenses which could leave some owners frozen out of the town.

A street trading license in the borough costs £863 a year, several hundred pounds more than in neighbouring areas.

Pauline McCabe who has been selling ice cream for 46 years, believes the high cost presents a considerable barrier to van owners doing business in Rochdale.

With summer on the way, Mr Danczuk has urged the council to consider offering a discount or risk the chance that ice cream sellers will give the town the cold shoulder.

Mr Danczuk said: “Buying a cone from an ice cream van is a traditional part of the great British summer, sadly that could be under threat here in Rochdale.

“Ice cream van owners in the town already pay a great deal for their licenses, several hundred pounds more than in neighbouring Rossendale or Oldham.

“The license fee is also significantly higher than that paid by taxi drivers, who are able to operate 365 days a year.

“I understand that with so many cuts from central Government to our local council, every penny counts.

“But surely, with summer just around the corner, ice cream lovers in Rochdale should not be made to suffer.

“Unless something is done, there is a real chance that the sight and sound of ice cream vans disappear from our streets altogether.”

Simon Danczuk supports ice cream sellers who have been given the cold shoulder

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has slammed the high cost of ice cream van licenses which could leave some owners frozen out of the town. A street trading license in the...


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