25 April 2017
Simon Danczuk ,Rochdale's MP, has attended the inquest into the murder of Khuram Shaikh.
The hearing, which saw new evidence suggest that Khuram was targeted and later attacked with broken bottles, recorded a conclusion of unlawful killing.
Khuram was a Red Cross worker from Rochdale who was attacked while on holiday in Skri Lanka in 2011. Sri Lankan politician Sampath Vidanapathirana was sentenced to jail for 20 years for killing Khuram in July 2015. Lahiru Kelum, Sama Deshapriya and Praneeth Chathuranga were also convicted of his murder.
Commenting on the inquest, Simon said: "While I was pleased to meet the family at the inquest, it was also sad to learn in more detail what had happened on that tragic night when Khuram was so horribly murdered.
"It was a great privilege to campaign with Nasser Shaikh to bring his brother's murderers to justice. Even though it took us years to get his murderers imprisoned, and we had the support of people like the Prime Minister and Prince Charles, I take some satisfaction from seeing justice done.
"This just goes to show that campaigning and politics can combine to make a real difference to people's lives."
25 April 2017 Simon Danczuk ,Rochdale's MP, has attended the inquest into the murder of Khuram Shaikh. The hearing, which saw new evidence suggest that Khuram was targeted and later...
24 April 2017
Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's MP, has completed this year's London Marathon. Simon took part in the gruelling 26.2 mile run alongside a record number of over 40,000 participants. Sixteen MPs ran the Marathon in total, putting aside political differences in a collective effort to support their chosen charities.
Simon crossed the finishing line in five hours six minutes for Rochdale Connections Trust, raising hundreds of pounds for the charity.
Simon said: "I am very pleased to have run the London Marathon for Rochdale Connections Trust, and I would like to thank them for all the hard work they do across the town.
"I also want to thank everybody who has donated, it's been a real motivation to see all the support I've received from friends, colleagues and people across Rochdale.
"The London Marathon is a great way to raise money and awareness for excellent charities across the country, and I am proud to have taken part on behalf of Rochdale Connections Trust.
"It's been a lot of training but it's really paid off, and I hope that more people will take part next year having seen how much good can come from it for so many great causes."
Vivian Carter, Chairman of Rochdale Connections Trust, said: "Rochdale Connections Trust would like to congratulate Simon Danczuk on completing the London Marathon.
"The money raised will go towards supporting the work RCT carries out in helping families who suffer from domestic abuse, particularly young people who witness domestic abuse in their homes. It is becoming increasingly well documented that those who witness abuse of this type are often the homeless young people of the future.
"Simon, your efforts were much appreciated by all of us!"
24 April 2017 Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's MP, has completed this year's London Marathon. Simon took part in the gruelling 26.2 mile run alongside a record number of over 40,000 participants....
18 April 2017
Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's Member of Parliament, is gearing up to fight the General Election on 8 June.
Simon said: "Since I was first elected I have diligently served the people of Rochdale and have always put residents' interests first in Parliament.
"I became Rochdale's MP in 2010 and since then have hugely increased the majority, giving me a strong mandate to represent the town.
"As Rochdale's MP, I have consistently backed local businesses and have fought to revive Rochdale's economy. As many people know, I am a tireless campaigner who is not afraid to hold the establishment to account."
There is now an urgent need for Labour to reinstate Simon back into the party without delay. Labour must now move quickly if it hopes to win in Rochdale.
"I am a life-long trade unionist and Labour member, and I have devoted my life to fighting for Labour values. I believe my strong track record of fighting for Rochdale proves that I am the best placed person to fight this election for the Labour Party. I've fought and won two General Elections for Labour, and I expect to fight the next as a Labour candidate."
Simon continued: "I have increased our majority from 889 to 12,442. The people of Rochdale put their trust in me just two years ago and it is my duty to stand again so that I can continue fighting for them in Parliament.
"It is clear that the Tories are putting party politics above the national interest. An election will have no other outcome than to cause further division in our country. But given the Prime Minister's intention, I intend to stand again and I now look forward to putting my case to the people of Rochdale."
18 April 2017 Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's Member of Parliament, is gearing up to fight the General Election on 8 June. Simon said: "Since I was first elected I have diligently...
13 April 2017
Simon Danczuk is running this month's London Marathon to raise money for local charity Rochdale Connections Trust.
The London Marathon, which hits the road on 23 April, sees MPs representing constituencies from across the country run for charities of their choosing.
Simon, who last year ran the marathon for local homesless charity Petrus Community, will this year be raising money for Rochdale Connections Trust.
Rochdale Connections Trust is a dedicated local charity that does exemplary work empowering young people ad adults experiencing difficulty across the town. The charity works with people often without family support facing a wide range of barriers such as anger issues or grief.
Simon said: "Encouraging vulnerable people to deveop their skills is vital to getting their lives back on track, but it also enables them to proactively contribute to Rochdale's ecoomy. That is why I will, quite literally, go the extra mile for Rochdale Connections Trust by taking part in the London Marathon on 23 April.
"With your help, we can contribute to this charity's excellent work, and in the process give a helping hand to those in need."
Simon added: "Last year I managed to finish in four hours and forty-nine minutes. Whether I manage that this year I'm not sure, but as long as I beat Jonathan Ashworth I'll be happy!"
Speaking to Simon, Rochdale Connections Trust said: "We are delighted to hear that Simon is raising money for us, and we really do wish him the best of luck in the race."
Every penny you give will go directly to this brilliant charity. You can make a donation to this excellent cause by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/simon-danczuk-london-marathon-RCT.
13 April 2017 Simon Danczuk is running this month's London Marathon to raise money for local charity Rochdale Connections Trust. The London Marathon, which hits the road on 23 April,...
13 April 2017
Simon Danczuk has welcomed the Government's announcement of funding to repair major damage caused by floods in Littleborough.
Speaking in Parliament earlier this year, Simon took the essential first step by raising the need for better funding with the Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Therese Coffey. Following his work, Rochdale Council has now secured significant funding to rebuild a wall and stabilise the land to the rear of Whitfield Brow, Littleborough, a area of the town which was hit hard by the Boding Day floods.
David Oakes, Service Manager at Rochdale Council, has welcomed the funding as "obviously excellent news" for residents of Whitfield Brow.
Andrew Robinson, of Whitfield Brow, said: "It's been a long time, a year and a half in fact, to get this funding. Throughout that time the land behind Whitfield Brow has been in a bad state. It's good that the Council have managed to get this money for repairs, but residents of Whitfield Brow will have to wait until the work is done before we can celebrate."
Simon said: "I welcome the announcement from the Government, and I am pleased that all the representations that have been made are paying off for the residents of Whitfield Brow.
"Unfortunately, the recovery is still ongoing for many homes and businesses across the town. But working alongside Rochdale Council, I am pleased that we are making good progress to rebuild those parts of our town which were hit hard by the floods."
13 April 2017 Simon Danczuk has welcomed the Government's announcement of funding to repair major damage caused by floods in Littleborough. Speaking in Parliament earlier this year, Simon took the...
13 April 2017
Simon Danczuk has called on residents of College Bank flats to give their views on the future of their estate. In a bid to give a voice to people affected by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing's proposals for the flats, Simon has sent a letter to residents asking them to fill out an attached questionnaire with their views on College Bank.
The letter, which has already started to arrive through letter-boxes asks, among other things, whether residents would prefer College Bank to be saved from demolition.
The questionnaire can be returned to Simon's office using the envelope provided. Alternatively, residents can send their views via email to email@example.com.
Simon said: "It is true that in recent times these buildings have not been in their best condition. However, I believe that the current state of the flats is down to mismanagement from RBH - a blind-spot which they refuse to address. I am of the opinion that demolition is an extreme measure, which in this case serves only to cover up unacceptable mismanagement from above.
"I want to hear the thoughts of residents on these proposals. Whether you are for or against RBH's plans, or think College Bank flats should be taken in an entirely different direction, your opinion counts".
Simon has said that RBH have no properly consulted residents of College Bank, and more needs to be done to make sure the community has a say on its future.
He added: "RBH must be made to listen to the views of their residents, whether it suits them or not".
13 April 2017 Simon Danczuk has called on residents of College Bank flats to give their views on the future of their estate. In a bid to give a voice to...
7 April 2017
Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's MP, visited Rochdale Foodbank recently on a fact-finding mission and to congratulate them on all their hard work.
Simon said: "Volunteers at Rochdale Foodbank do crucial work helping people in crisis. Due to Government cuts, rising rents and the bedroom tax, 1 in 5 people now live below the poverty line, forcing higher numbers of people to use food banks.
"6,614 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis last year by Rochdale Foodbank. 2,263 of those receiving food were children, many referred to by health visitors. These are shocking statistics.
"I would like to thank the volunteers at Rochdale Foodbank for all the hard work they do, as well as all the people of Rochdale who have generously given to help those in need".
Iain Wight, Chair of Trustees at Rochdale Foodbank, said "We appreciated Simon giving up valuable time to visit Rochdale Foodbank. Our volunteers give over 150 hours of service to the Rochdale community every week because they want to and they enjoy doing it. But it encourages them to see that people like Simon are supporting the work they do and recognising its worth".
7 April 2017 Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's MP, visited Rochdale Foodbank recently on a fact-finding mission and to congratulate them on all their hard work. Simon said: "Volunteers at Rochdale Foodbank...
7 April 2016
Simon Dancuk, Rochdale's MP, has offered his support to the family of 18 month old Gracie Greenwood, who is suffering from a rare brain tumour.
Mum Lauren Doherty, 22 and dad Zak Greenwood, 26 told Simon about their little girl's condition recently. Since then, Lauren has given birth to Charlie, described as a "ray of hope at a dark time".
Lauren said: "We've met with Simon to ask him to help raise awareness of what Gracie's going through, and are really glad that he's supporting us in this. We're hoping to get some events arranged to raise money for charities that help kids who are ill with serious conditions".
Gracie was born on 21 August 2015 and appeared perfectly healthy. It was only once she was 9 months old that she began to show sins of ill health. Speaking to Simon, mum Lauren described how Gracie "became miserable and stopped walking, and she seemed to be going backwards".
"It was at this point that we took Gracie to the doctors, but GPs had no idea what was wrong with her and said that we were overreacting".
By the age of 11 months Gracie started going off her food and gradually became unable to eat, so Lauren and Zak took her to Oldham hospital where she underwent a gruelling number of blood tests.
Lauren told Simon: "Gracie was looked at by a neurologist who sent her to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for an MRI scan. Later that day we were told that she was suffering from a rare type of brain tumour. She had her first operation the day before her 1st birthday".
After a series of operations, doctors told Gracie's parents that they had successfully removed the tumour, but that it was in the process of growing back, and is now terminal.
As part of her treatment, Gracie now has to undergo neurological scans and receives oral chemotherapy every day to prolong her life.
Simon said: "I was moved by Gracie's story and can only imagine what the family are going through. Gracie and her parents have been through a very emotional time, and I hope to give them as much support as I can.
"I was saddened to hear of the poor reaction that Gracie's parents got when they took her to see GPs in the early stages of her illness. This goes to show just how important specialist charities can be for the families of seriously ill children.
"However, I am pleased to hear that Gracie will now be a big sister to her new-born brother Charlie, and I give the family my congratulations".
7 April 2016 Simon Dancuk, Rochdale's MP, has offered his support to the family of 18 month old Gracie Greenwood, who is suffering from a rare brain tumour. Mum Lauren...
28 March 2017
Simon Danczuk, Rochdale’s MP, has attended a consultation hosted by RBH to discuss the future of College Bank Flats and Falinge Estate.
During the meeting, Simon Said: “I spoke to a number of residents, none of whom were happy about demolition”.
He also made it clear to RBH face-to-face that he disagrees with RBH’s mismanagement of the flats and is opposed to their plan to demolish the buildings.
Simon said: “I agree with senior management that people aren’t queuing up at my surgery for a place in College Bank Flats. However, they certainly are queuing up in my surgery to complain about poor management of the flats, which is where the real problem lies. If the flats were better managed, then they would be more desirable places to live”.
He added: “This whole approach is typical of the attitude of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing. The whole senior management needs shaking up, which I made clear to Noel Chambers, Chair of RBH, when we met earlier this month".
28 March 2017 Simon Danczuk, Rochdale’s MP, has attended a consultation hosted by RBH to discuss the future of College Bank Flats and Falinge Estate. During the meeting, Simon Said:...
23 March 2017
Simon danczuk, Rochdale's MP, supported the launch of Beat's Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Parliament. The event was an opportunity for MPs to learn more about the charity's vital work in raising awareness of eating disorders. It focused on the importance of early intervention to make sure everyone who suffers from these serious mental illnesses gets the treatment they need as quickly as possible.
Simon said: "I am delighted to support Beat in their Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It is vital that we raise awareness of eating disorders and ensure that adequate treatment is available for everyone who needs it. Beat carries out crucial wok, especially by continually highlighting the importance of spotting the first signs of eating disorders to ensure people access the help they need very early on".
Beat's survey of nearly 1,700 respondents revealed some key findings. One of these was that three out of ten eating disorder sufferers do not receive a referral from their GP to a mental health service for treatment, despite medical guidance that stresses the need for immediate referral. In addition, while half of those suffering from eating disorders have received good or very good care from their GP, half rated it poor or very poor.
The charity is calling for increased training of medical students specialising in general practise, so that all GP can properly diagnose the psychological and behavioural symptoms of eating disorders and so refer immediately. Beat is also calling for more funds to be made available nationwide so that everyone can get the treatment they need once they have been referred to mental health services.
23 March 2017 Simon danczuk, Rochdale's MP, supported the launch of Beat's Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Parliament. The event was an opportunity for MPs to learn more about the...