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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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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 57 significant new cases in April, dealing with everything from policing to education.

Key points:

  • Last week, Simon lead a Parliamentary debate on the UK’s asylum seeker dispersal policy and the unfair burden it puts on towns like Rochdale. Immigration matters accounted for almost a third of cases dealt with by the constituency office in April, many of these related to asylum claims. Simon has secured a meeting with Government Immigration Minister James Brokenshire to discuss steps to reduce the number of asylum seekers in Rochdale and take the pressure off already strained public services.

  • Rochdale has the fifth highest number of children’s homes in the country and last month 2% of new cases related to children’s services in the town. Last month in the House of Commons, Simon praised the standard of the homes in Rochdale but warned that growing problems in the sector were “warning signs we cannot ignore”. He called for the Government to reverse funding cuts which are having a disastrous impact on social services.

  • One in 20 new cases last month came from concerned business owners. As chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Small Shops, Simon has repeatedly raised concerns about the financial pressures that Government policy has placed on independent retailers. The new "national living wage" was introduced in April and many small shop owners have said they will struggle to cope with the increased wage bill whilst also paying inflated business rates. Speaking in Parliament, Simon criticised the Government’s decision to delay meaningful business rate reform until April next year.

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

Casework in Rochdale constituency office - April 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 57 significant...

Bulls_Head.JPGMP Simon Danczuk has slammed the “audacity" of a Home Counties property firm who are plotting to turn a beloved Rochdale pub into a vet’s surgery.

The Bull’s Head in Smallbridge could be facing last orders after Kent based owners Prontoserve applied for permission to convert the property.

Tenants Paul Quinn and Kay Bevan, who have run the thriving local community pub for five years, only discovered the plans when they were posted on a lamppost outside the property.

In its submission to Rochdale Council, Prontoserve claimed that the Bull’s Head has “suffered a loss of trade over the last few years and is becoming run down” and that the conversion is essential to “revitalise the building”.

After visiting the pub and speaking with many of the regulars, Mr Danczuk said: “I cannot believe the audacity of this Southern based firm attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of planning inspectors and councillors with this untrue statement.

“The Bull’s Head is a textbook example of the kind of invaluable local pub which we want to see remain in our town.

“It is a thriving business which serves the surrounding community with distinction, any suggestion that it is “run down” is absolutely not true.

“Not only does it provide a vital point of contact for both older and younger customers but over the years the tenants and regulars have raised thousands for Rochdale’s Springhill Hospice.

“I have already sent a formal letter of objection to these plans and I will continue to fight to make sure the council is not duped by Prontoserve's twisting of the facts.”

The pub has two pool and darts teams and has recently offered to host the regular meetings of the Smallbridge Tenants & Residents Association.

As well as providing B&B accommodation to visiting contractors, the pub’s customers also make significant contributions to local taxi firms and other businesses.

Landlord Paul said: “It’s not just putting the five people here out of a job, the knock on effect for the whole community would be huge.”

Paper and online petitions have already attracted hundreds of signatures and messages of support from former regulars as far afield as Spain and Ireland.

Bull’s Head regular Graham Ralph, 66, said: “In this day and age it takes just a few seconds to find out what’s going on in Australia. But we had to find out about this from a piece of laminated paper on a lampost!

“Everyone knows each other here and we look out for each other. There will be a lot of lonely people if this place closes.

“This is a thriving business, it’s unbelievable what they are doing.”

Simon Danczuk backs campaign to save local pub‏

MP Simon Danczuk has slammed the “audacity" of a Home Counties property firm who are plotting to turn a beloved Rochdale pub into a vet’s surgery. The Bull’s Head in...

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has secured a one-to-one meeting with the Government’s Immigration Minister to discuss steps to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the town.

Leading a Parliamentary debate on the issue, Mr Danczuk accused wealthy Conservative councils of “shirking their responsibilities” to house asylum seekers while towns like Rochdale take in hundreds.

The MP quoted research carried out by his office which showed that the vast majority of asylum seekers are being housed in the poorer Labour controlled areas where Government cuts have been most severe

Since the Government handed dispersal contracts to private firms in 2012, the number of asylum seekers in Rochdale has rocketed from 371 to 1,044.

One in every 204 residents in the town is now an asylum seeker, putting significant strain on schools, hospitals and social services.

But rather than helping the local authority to cope with this influx, Government cuts will see Rochdale Council's spending power plummet by 7% by 2017/18.

By contrast David Cameron’s West Oxfordshire constituency does not house a single asylum seeker but the local council is actually set to see a 1% increase in its spending power.

Mr Danczuk called on Immigration Minister James Brokenshire to use Government powers under the 1999 Asylum Act to force areas like this to do more.

He said: “However the Minister chooses to spin this situation, it is clear that the status-quo is deeply unfair to those less well off.

“Areas that are struggling the most under this Conservative Government have been made to carry the increasing burden of our overweight and slowing asylum system.

“They have been doing this whilst the Prime Minister’s areas have done nothing but shirk their responsibilities to the most vulnerable of people in our society and at the same time shielded themselves from the worst of the cuts.”

In response to these arguments, Mr Brokenshire agreed to meet Mr Danczuk to discuss measures to reduce the pressure on Rochdale Council.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Danczuk said: "Whilst Government Ministers talk compassionately about the need to help refugees the truth is that their local council counterparts are refusing to help.

“Conservative councillors are not prepared to do their fair share of helping asylum seekers.

“The result is that asylum seekers are often placed in substandard housing in deprived communities, a situation which is grossly unfair for everyone involved.

"I will be raising these concerns when I meet the Minister and I will continue to push for an asylum system that works."

Simon Danczuk secures meeting with immigration Minister over asylum seekers‏

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has secured a one-to-one meeting with the Government’s Immigration Minister to discuss steps to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the town. Leading a Parliamentary...


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