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Simon Danczuk – Rochale MP


Simon Danczuk is Rochdale’s MP since 2010.

Simon started working at the young age of 16 in a factory making gas fires, he then worked for ICI (the chemical company).  While working, he studied as a mature student at night school and gained qualifications he had missed out at secondary school before gaining a place at Lancaster University where he studied economic sociology and politics.

Danczuk co-founded  research; public affairs and communications company Vision Twentyone and also has been involved in The Big Issue in the North, Opinion Research Corporation, Bolton Bury TEC.

He has written a number of articles and books ranging on such diverse subjects as democracy, homelessness, regeneration, drugs, housing and employment. His business acumen saw him as being voted one of the up-and-coming stars of North West business by Business Insider magazine in 2001.

He campaigned prior for a referendum for an elected Regional Assembly for the North West.

Having been involved with the Labour Party for many years (joining it via the trade union GMB) in the 1980s.  He was elected as a councillor to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and served in this position for 8 years. He also was a campaign manager for Rossendale and Darwen Labour Party

Simon Danczuk was elected as a candidate in 2007 to be Rochdale Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate. He has since being voted MP in Rochdale campaigned tirelessly for local investment in business, voting against cuts and the abolition of the EMA, on local jobs and for regeneration of Rochdale Town Centre and it’s shopping areas. He also has opposed cuts to the local Police service and against the closure of the Accident and Emergency unit in Rochdale’s NHS infermary.

Below you can see Simon taking a look around Rochdale town and speaking to leaders of Rochdale’s council about his hopes to see more investment in the town centre. As a no nonsense MP he is against any forms of Council misuse of money or officials impropriety of their positions. He also is one of the only MPs in the country to have a surgery available for local constituents to visit on a 9am-5pm basis  – his surgery is based near St. Mary’s Gate in Rochdale.

He will of course be running as the Labour candidate on May 3rd 2012, and you can find out more information on Simon by visiting his website at his website.

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Rochdale’s Housing Debt Problem


Simon Danziuk MP for Rochdale states on his newsletter this week: ‘A report published by the housing charity Shelter has named Rochdale as a national hotspot for home repossessions. With hundreds of families having lost their home in Rochdale last year, the Government’s VAT increase, public service cuts and cuts to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau has left many struggling to meet mortgage payments and without access to good debt advice. I fear that a future rise in interest rates will make it even harder for families to keep up with their mortgage payments and could lead to the repossessions crisis deepening.’

MP Simon Danczuk is calling for the Bank of England to delay interest rate rises to help struggling
families. He said: “People are already struggling with high inflation and wage freezes so we don’twant to
see an increase in interest rates making it even harder for families to keep up with mortgage payments.
“This is a difficult time and low interest rates are keeping many homeowners afloat.” Mr Danczuk believes a 17-per-cent jump in home repossessions across England is a result of coalition government policy.

He adds: “The VAT rise has pushed up inflation and short-sighted cuts to the Citizen Advice Bureau
network mean fewer people are able to get the debt advice they need to help them avoid repossessions.

Source: M.E.N & Simon Danzuik Newsletter

Duffy was not “Labour prop” says Danczuk


Simon Danczuk and Gillian Duffy at the MPs Rochdale Constituency Office

Simon Danczuk and Gillian Duffy at the MPs Rochdale Constituency Office

Simon Danczuk has stated in the Guardian today that Gillian Duffy’s recent encounter with Nick Clegg was not set up to be a labour stunt and that she was not used as a “prop” in any form of political ploy either by Rochadale’s local Labour group or the party itself. He stated that in a previous meeting with her that she expressed a desire herself to address the Deputy Prime Minister

Read the full article at: Guardian Online

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