Simon Danczuk MP

Fighting for Rochdale, Littleborough and Milnrow

Letter from Parliament 15 July

While it was all change in Westminster this week, voters in Rochdale will be hoping it will not be more of the same from our new Prime Minister.

No sooner had David Cameron bid a dignified farewell to the House of Commons on Wednesday than the debate began about how he will be remembered.

I have not always agreed with Mr Cameron but he is to be commended for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom and for pushing through legislation on equal marriage. In my dealings with him, including a few weeks ago at Prime Minister’s Questions when I quizzed him over heritage funding for Rochdale Town Hall, I have found him to be amiable and obliging.

But for Rochdale residents, a polite manner and a handful of achievements will not be enough for Cameron to escape the judgement of history. The last six years have been characterised by the bedroom tax, the disastrous implementation of universal credit and unprecedented cuts to local council funding.

As we look to the future, it is clear that things have to change.

I have worked with Theresa May in the past as I pushed the then Home Secretary to set up the Goddard Inquiry into historic child sexual abuse and found her to be a very impressive politician.

She now faces a greater challenge, to show hardworking families in towns like Rochdale that they have not been forgotten by the Westminster elite. That means funding vital services, providing substantial support to our local businesses and overhauling an asylum system which treats Rochdale as a dumping ground for vulnerable refugees.

But a Government is only as good as the opposition that holds it to account and that is why the ongoing Labour leadership contest is every bit as important as Theresa May’s appointment. I will be backing the candidate that can convince me they can challenge the new Prime Minister and win when it matters at the next General Election.

Only by doing that can we see the change that we really need.

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