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Further allegations regarding government child abuse cover ups surfaced in the Mail on Sunday on March 7th. It was revealed that, prior to his knighthood, information about alleged child abuse by former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was given to Margaret Thatcher and other top government officials. This information was ignored and not only did Smith receive a knighthood, but he continued to abuse young boys with impunity. 

The Mail on Sunday made the point that the government's resistance to this information becoming public is in direct contradiction to the commitment to be open and transparent regarding the issue of child sex abuse. It took a lot of work by journalists to extract the information from the Cabinet Office leading to concerns that some information is still being covered up. 

Responding to the Mail on Sunday story Simon said, 'Nick Clegg and David Cameron have colluded in covering this up. It involves their people and we should not have to learn about this piecemeal because of journalists pestering for information. Both men need to come clean and make a personal commitment to revealing everything that is now held by Government departments. The Prime Minister promised there would be no stone unturned into the inquiry of historic sex abuse in Westminster. But the Cabinet Office seems to be doing the opposite. Nick Clegg, who sits in this department, has already written to me refusing to carry out an investigation into who knew what about Cyril Smith in his party and it’s disappointing to see the Cabinet Office continuing this unhelpful approach.’

The full contents of the article can be read here:

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2984529/Cabinet-office-child-abuse-cover-MoS-beats-attempt-No10-gag-VIP-file-shows-Thatcher-knew-paedophile-MP-Cyril-Smith.html

Simon has pledged to continue to work to expose the extent of historic child abuse especially surrounding Westminster and the political establishment and he will continue to campaign for justice for the victims.  





Simon Speaks out about Cyril Smith

Further allegations regarding government child abuse cover ups surfaced in the Mail on Sunday on March 7th. It was revealed that, prior to his knighthood, information about alleged child abuse...

Simon_Appg_for_Post.jpgOn 25 February 2015, Simon Danczuk MP presented the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group Best Small Shop Award to Hunters of Helmsley. Simon is the Chairman of the APPG for small shops and is instrumental in working with the All Party Small Shops Group to promote local independent businesses and providing a voice for small retailers in Parliament. 

Simon said of Hunters of Helmsley, 'I am pleased to announce that Hunters of Helmsley, a delicatessen in North Yorkshire, is the Winner of the Best Small Shop Competition 2015. Hunters of Helmsley was chosen by the judges for its local sourcing of produce, organisation of events to support their high street and their use of social media to engage customers.'

Simon continues to work hard in Parliament to promote small shops and will continue to campaign to make sure that small shops and local businesses will continue to thrive. 

Simon Presents Small Shops Award

On 25 February 2015, Simon Danczuk MP presented the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group Best Small Shop Award to Hunters of Helmsley. Simon is the Chairman of the APPG...

On Tuesday 3 March 2015, Simon attended a summit at Number 10 Downing Street regarding the governments recent proposals for tackling child sexual abuse. Simon met with Prime Minister David Cameron as well as members of different survivors groups and other members of the government to discuss sex abuse and what steps the government would be taking in the future to stop sex abuse from happening in Rochdale and across the country.

At the summit David Cameron unveiled new policies including new guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse, which have established a new approach for dealing with cases of sexual violence against vulnerable people, focusing on the credibility of the allegation rather than the credibility of the individual. 

Simon welcomed the fact that the government were taking this issue seriously, however he continues to have concerns that they have not gone far enough with the policies they have set out. In particular, Simon is disappointed that the government voted against the Labour Party's proposals to introduce mandatory reporting of child abuse. This new law would have created a legal duty for professionals to report child abuse, and Simon believes it is critical that mandatory reporting is brought in as soon as possible. 

Simon Attends Summit at Number 10 Downing Street

On Tuesday 3 March 2015, Simon attended a summit at Number 10 Downing Street regarding the governments recent proposals for tackling child sexual abuse. Simon met with Prime Minister David...

I am delighted that Rochdale Council have acted on my suggestions to introduce a new Business Rates Scheme to encourage more investment in Rochdale Town Centre.

Simon welcomes Rochdale Business Rates Scheme

I am delighted that Rochdale Council have acted on my suggestions to introduce a new Business Rates Scheme to encourage more investment in Rochdale Town Centre. Read more

On 13 October the British House of Commons voted 274 to 12 to recommend that the UK recognise Palestine as a state alongside Israel. The full motion stated: "That this House believes that the government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution." The vote came just 10 days after Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s announcement of Sweden’s recognition of the state of Palestine. The UK joins more than 130 other countries that recognise a Palestinian state.

Simon Danczuk MP was thrilled that the British House of Commons voted in favour of UK recognition of Palestinian statehood. Simon stated that “This is a historic moment. It is time for the international community and the British Government to do more to help the Palestinian cause. I’ve been to the West Bank myself and seen the way the Israeli army and settlers treat the Palestinian people, it really is awful. This is a step in the right direction for a two-state solution. I hope that the British Government will continue to help in the efforts to create peace by supporting Palestine in the future.”

The Labour Party has a strong history of backing Palestine’s request for statehood. Labour had twice previously called on the government - in 2011 and 2012 - to back Palestine's request for official state recognition at the UN. For this vote, Labour continued its history of backing Palestinian statehood by encouraging its MPs to vote for the motion. 

Parliament Votes to Recognise Palestinian Statehood

On 13 October the British House of Commons voted 274 to 12 to recommend that the UK recognise Palestine as a state alongside Israel. The full motion stated: "That this...

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says he supports historic vote for the UK to recognize Palestine as an independent state on Monday 13th October.

Danczuk backs Palestine recognition vote

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says he supports historic vote for the UK to recognize Palestine as an independent state on Monday 13th October. Read more


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