British Blairite Danczuk’s expenses fraud


This 31 December 2015 video from England is called Labour suspends MP Simon Danczuk over “spanking” sexts with 17-year-old.

Another, 4 January 2016, video from England used to say about itself:

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk Faces Protest And Calls For Resignation After ‘Spanking’ Sexts With Teen

Simon Danczuk has accused “Corbynites” and other political opponents of fuelling a protest outside his constituency office in Rochdale in an attempt to gain political capital. Speaking after his first wife, Sonia Rossington, told the Guardian on Monday that she would contact police over allegations of drug- and drink-fuelled bullying, the Labour MP defied calls to resign and insisted the demonstration was driven by political “extremists” on the far left and did not represent the views of his constituents. …

Danczuk was suspended from Labour on New Year’s Eve over allegations he sent sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old girl who had inquired about a job in his office. The MP, 49 … blamed a drink problem for the messages he sent to Sophena Houlihan.

As he left his office ahead of a planned protest at 11am, Danczuk said the demonstration was made up of his political enemies. “It’s made up of Lib Dems, ex-Lib Dem councillors, people from Rochdale Momentum, so they’re on the far left of the political spectrum. There’s some Greens involved in it,” he said. … His ex-partner, Claire Hamilton, has also claimed he was not fit to be an MP.

By Paddy McGuffin and Luke James in Britain:

Oh Dear Danczuk!

Saturday 19th March 2016

Disgraced MP forced to pay back £11,000 in taxpayers’ cash after Twitter gaffe

DISGRACED Simon Danczuk was ordered to repay more than £11,000 in taxpayers’ cash yesterday after inadvertently incriminating himself online.

The attention-seeking MP posted a photo showing off the view from his Spanish holiday home and writing on Twitter: “View from my Spanish gaff this morning.

“Lovely, but can’t wait to be back in Rochdale this afternoon.”

But the post has landed him in hot water with Parliament’s standards watchdog.

The snap proved he was not on parliamentary business during a week in which he charged the costs of airport car parking to the public purse.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) also found that he had claimed £2,425-a-year in top-up cash to cover accommodation for his two oldest children from April 2012.

Neither of the children had ever stayed at the accommodation while he was making the claims.

“The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the MP obtained an increase to his accommodation expenditure budget by claiming dependant uplifts for his two oldest children for a period of over three years, when at no point were either of the children routinely resident,” said IPSA compliance officer Peter Davis in a damning report.

It was his conclusion that “this was done knowing that there was no reasonable prospect of the children staying at the accommodation.”

Alongside the £11,583 excess, Mr Danczuk was also found to have wrongfully claimed £96.50 in parking charges while in fact he was on holiday in Spain at the time.

The MP had left his car in a £17-a-day Manchester car park while he went on a parliamentary visit to Ghana — but then tagged on a break in Spain at the end and claimed the total cost on expenses.

His swindle was discovered after someone spotted Mr Danczuk post on Twitter from July 31.

Mr Danczuk agreed to repay all the money owed at the soonest opportunity and claimed to be “relieved that this issue has finally been cleared up.”

But he defended his decision to charge the public for the cost of car parking, saying he could have legitimately have claimed more for a train fare to London.

Mr Danczuk made his name as an anti-child abuse campaigner who penned a book exposing former Liberal MP Cyril Smith as a paedophile.

But his own spectacular fall from grace began when it was discovered that he had sent numerous explicit messages to then 17-year-old constituent Sophena Houlihan.

Ms Houlihan said she was bombarded with the messages for a month after she asked him for a job in his constituency office that summer.

He is also facing a police investigation into allegations of rape against him.

Danczuk and Murdoch’s Sun: here.

18 thoughts on “British Blairite Danczuk’s expenses fraud

  1. Wednesday 30th March 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    CHELLEY RYAN used to believe that Jeremy’s detractors had the best interests of the party at heart underneath all the squabbling – but not any more

    WHEN a Facebook friend sent me this message: “Did you hear Angela Smith has called on Jeremy to resign,” I have to admit to a fleeting moment of panic.

    First, I had no idea who Angela Smith was and, second, surely Jeremy Corbyn had to have been guilty of something terrible for this woman to call on him to resign?

    So I did my research, and I discovered that Angela Smith is an MP and, in a nutshell, she was calling on Corbyn to resign because he’d chosen to attend a kebab award ceremony, rather than give a major speech on Europe.

    What Smith has against kebabs is anyone’s guess, because I think they’re delicious.

    Seriously, though, we know full well she’s got nothing against kebabs. The real object of her venom is Corbyn.

    She will be fully aware that he is due to give a major speech on Europe next month, but that’s not enough to placate her.

    Why? Because bitterites like Smith have bet the political equivalent of the family farm on Corbyn being an unelectable failure, and it’s a bet they are not prepared to lose.

    Can you imagine the tweets they’d receive in 2020 if Corbyn goes on to become PM? All the people queuing up to rub his supposedly “impossible” victory in their faces?

    In fact, you probably hadn’t given it much thought.

    That’s because most Corbyn supporters — assuming most people reading this are Corbyn supporters — would be too busy celebrating to think about taunting the bitterites.

    This isn’t about pride for us. This is about fighting for what we believe to be right. It’s about campaigning for a Labour victory in order to really help people.

    The bitterites claim they want to help people too. They use this as an excuse for their anti-Corbyn position. They say he’s unelectable, and a more consensual, middle-of-the-road, wishy-washy sort of leader would win the middle-ground voters.

    I used to give them the benefit of the doubt that they really believed this. Not any more. Not since last week. Now I sincerely believe their greatest fear is that Corbyn really is electable. And this is why …

    Labour’s and Corbyn’s poll ratings are steadily improving. This should be something all Labour MPs want to happen.

    It’s a sign that things are shifting in Labour’s favour. But no. Not all of them are happy. Definitely not Angela Smith, who chooses to call on Corbyn to resign the same week his approval ratings surpass those of David Cameron’s for the first time.

    This is no coincidence. Fear is spreading among the bitterite ranks. Fear that Corbyn really could win.

    This is how I imagine it’s been for them recently. The first positive poll — well, they probably just dismissed it as a rogue poll, though I don’t doubt it put a few bitterite hairs on end.

    The second poll — well, that probably caused a few sleepless nights. But poll number three — well, I’m pretty sure that was what I call the “fox in the hen house” moment. Panic. Sheer panic. Three polls in a row showing Labour gaining ground on and even surpassing the Tories. This was not in the script!

    The bitterites have always been pretty transparent when it comes to their plotting and scheming, but since that “fox in the hen house” poll, they’ve become more transparent than air itself.

    Take John Woodcock. He sends a ranty, sweary direct message to a friend about the infamous Labour MPs list, except he tweets it “by mistake.”

    Seriously? By mistake? We weren’t born yesterday, John. What a great way of getting your “despair” publicity.

    The fact you deleted it doesn’t mean you didn’t tweet it on purpose.

    Then you have Woodcock’s “back of hand to forehead, woe is us,” tirade in the media about Corbyn letting the list distract from the Budget, as if he saw Corbyn cross the t’s and dot the i’s on the list himself, before stamping it with the bottom of his coffee mug.

    This man has either no idea how faux his outrage looks to the rest of us, or he simply doesn’t care. In fact it appears so faux, I now suspect him of planting the list himself in order to take the heat off the government during a difficult week, and to frame Corbyn and his team to boot. And I’m not kidding.

    The positive polls have exposed the bitterites for what they are — a group of people who only want Labour to win if one of their ilk is leader.

    Now Labour is doing better in the polls, they will be upping the ante on their attacks to cost Labour votes. They need Labour to be pulverised in May’s elections so they have an excuse to call on Corbyn to resign or to put someone up against him.

    The fact their little shenanigans clearly laid the ground for previous poor poll results doesn’t seem to feature in their thinking. But it will definitely feature in ours.

    Who knows, maybe their plots and schemes will work? Maybe we will be rejected in May by an electorate whose first thought when they think of Labour is chaos, in-fighting and a leader hanging on by his fingernails.

    But even if it does work, and the bitterites launch a leadership challenge against Corbyn, they are in for the biggest fight of their political lives, and it’s a fight Corbyn supporters are not prepared to lose.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-161f-The-anti-Corbyn-Labour-right-can-no-longer-be-given-the-benefit-of-the-doubt#.VvviynoYMdU

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  10. Tuesday 19th
    posted by Luke James in Britain

    DISGRACED MP Simon Danczuk has sparked fresh speculation that he could be set to join the Conservatives after being photographed with the top Tory in his constituency at the weekend.

    Mr Danczuk, who was suspended from the Labour Party after sending lewd texts to a teenager, posed with his arm round Tory council leader Ashley Dearnley next to a Conservative Party banner.

    The pair embraced at a community festival in Littleborough, Rochdale on Sunday, where the local Conservatives had a stall.

    They were so pally that Mr Danczuk even took part in the Tories’ fundraising tombola, according to constituent Philip Gilligan, who caught the MP schmoozing.

    He told the Star: “When he arrived at the festival, he went straight to the Conservative stand, had a go on their tombola and posed for the photograph for I’m not sure who. But I decided I would nip out and take my own photograph.

    “As a constituent, I’m fed up with having an MP who is constantly bringing himself and the constituency into disrepute.

    “As a potential Labour voter, I’m fed up with being offered a Labour MP in Rochdale who doesn’t, in my view, represent true Labour values and who has on many occasions spoken out against the leader of the Labour Party and attacked him.”

    The Star contacted Mr Danczuk’s office for comment twice but had not received a response when we went to print.

    Mr Danczuk allegedly told his ex-partner Claire Hamilton that he only joined Labour “because they asked me first.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-dcdb-Desperate-Danczuk-flirts-with-local-Tory-councillors#.V430FqKZ0dU

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  13. Thursday 21st September 2017

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    “COUCH POTATO” peers have claimed nearly £1.3 million expenses despite not speaking in a single Lords debate for over a year.

    A total of 115 Lords — around one in seven — did not contribute in any debate during the 2016-17 session but were paid an average sum of just over £11,000 each, according to Electoral Reform Society (ERS) analysis.

    ERS chief executive Darren Hughes said data appears to show a growing “something for nothing” culture in the unelected chamber.

    “And there are a worrying number of couch potato peers and lobby fodder Lords at a time when there is plenty to scrutinise, ostensibly the upper chamber’s role,” he said.

    “It’s completely unacceptable that peers can claim thousands without even speaking or voting in the House, and it highlights the reality that there is no accountability for peers.”

    Labour MP and former minister David Hanson renewed calls for the Lords to be reformed — starting with hereditary peers.

    “We need people of merit in our legislature, not those who happen to be the great grandson of an earl.”

    The Lords said it has unanimously agreed to “take steps to reduce its size.”

    A spokesman for the house said ERS’s focus was “narrow” and that speaking in the chamber is one way members hold the government to account.

    Graham Smith, chief executive officer of democracy campaign Republic, told the Star: “These people abuse the system and its true of any institution where people are not elected.

    “Admitting that the Lords is too large is a red herring. Its focus should be more about that Lords cannot be thrown out or got rid of.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7313-The-life-of-a-peer-do-nothing-for-a-year,-get-11,000#.WcQT0sZpEdU

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