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...
22 March 2017
Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's MP, has visited the Samaritans Rochdale, Oldham and District branch to celebrate 50 years of helping people in crisis.
Simon was pictured alongside Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Council, and Samaritans branch Director Janet Murphy at the branch as part of a series of events to mark their 50th anniversary.
Simon said: "I think the Samaritans do a wonderful job as a listening ear for our town by providing round the clock emotional support to those struggling to cope.
"Rochdale, Oldham and District branch took their first call on 1 March 1967 and their work throughout the years deserves to be celebrated.
"I look forward to supporting their vital work in the future".
Samaritans Rochdale, Oldham and District branch are continuing to celebrate their anniversary throughout the year, and their next event will be a quiz night on 8 April at the Albion, Whitworth Road. They will also hold a 50th anniversary ladies fashion night on Friday 21 April at Rochdale Sports Club.
22 March 2017 Simon Danczuk, Rochdale's MP, has visited the Samaritans Rochdale, Oldham and District branch to celebrate 50 years of helping people in crisis. Simon was pictured alongside Councillor...
22 March 2017
On Wednesday, at around 2.40pm, an attacker mowed down several innocent people on Westminster Bridge, crashed his car into Parliament and fatally stabbed PC Keith Palmer. The attacker was shot dead by police officers. Four people are confirmed dead with many more critically wounded.
During this time, MPs, including myself, were protected by police officers in the House of Commons as Parliament went into lockdown. We were kept inside the building for five hours while diligent police officers worked tirelessly to make the area safe. I was humbled by their speed, courage and skill as the attack unfolded.
My thoughts go out to Officer Palmer, who died defending our democratic institutions, and those others killed and wounded, simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and their families.
Make no mistake, this was an attack on our freedom and our values. The assailant struck at the heart of our democracy because it represents all that is good about our country: freedom, equality and the rule of law.
Wednesday was a reminder of the hard work that our emergency services do to keep us safe at times of crisis. Police officers and paramedics showed exceptional bravery as they risked their lives to keep ordinary people safe.
This week, the flag was flown at half-mast at Rochdale town hall and accompanied by a minute silence to remember this tragedy and all who were affected. I have also paid my respects to Rochdale police for the hard work they do to keep us all safe.
We cannot let Wednesday’s terrorist attack stop the workings of our democracy. I ask us all to be vigilant against the very real threat of terrorism across the country, and also against those who would use this attack to divide our communities.
22 March 2017 On Wednesday, at around 2.40pm, an attacker mowed down several innocent people on Westminster Bridge, crashed his car into Parliament and fatally stabbed PC Keith Palmer. The...
21 March 2017
Simon Danczuk, Rochdale’s MP, has urged parents responsible for ‘parental alienation’, the process whereby a parent manipulates their child against an ex-partner or spouse, to be punished in the courts.
Sadly, ‘parental alienation’ is rarely talked about in Parliament, with only eight questions having been asked since 2010 prior to Simon’s debate.
Simon has spent much of his time investigating and exposing allegations of child abuse when politicians, the media and the state were too slow to act.
He introduced Parliament’s first debate on the issue, saying: “Parental alienation is another form of child abuse that has gone both unreported and under-discussed. While Westminster remains silent on the issue, parents and children suffer. The Government and the courts need to recognise parental alienation as a form of emotional abuse, and as such they need to step up efforts to prevent it and, in some circumstances, punish perpetrators”.
Speaking of his own experience, Simon said: “When my parents separated when I was five, my mother portrayed my father, perhaps on occasion faithfully, in a very poor light. In contrast, my father would refuse to say anything bad about my mother”.
He also added: “I have had to work at avoiding being negative in conversation with my two youngest children since my second marriage broke down. Thankfully, my second wife Karen and I, for all our differences, work really hard at putting our children’s emotions first. That is down to good and regular communication”.
While many fathers’ rights groups have rightly been campaigning on this issue for many years, Simon made the crucial observation that both parents can be the victims of ‘parental alienation’. Simon said: “It is important to note that mothers can be the victims as well as the perpetrators”.
Simon concluded his speech by encouraging other MPs to raise awareness of the issue during Parental Alienation Awareness Day next month on 25 April.
Justice Minister Oliver Heald thanked Simon for his contribution, saying: "it is right to say at the outset that the Government are considering family justice matters at the moment with a view to having a Green Paper later this year.
"With that in mind, [Simon] has highlighted an important concern. I was sorry to hear of his own personal experience of parental alienation, which must make this an issue of particular concern to him, and the House will have been moved by that".
21 March 2017 Simon Danczuk, Rochdale’s MP, has urged parents responsible for ‘parental alienation’, the process whereby a parent manipulates their child against an ex-partner or spouse, to be...