Following my post from September 13, the behaviour of Rochdale’s nominally Labour MP Simon Danczuk and his former sidekick Matt Baker has passed before the inspection of not only Rochdale Online, which has been taking a more critical line with Danczuk of late, but also the Manchester Evening News. Names have been named and there has been talk of legal action being taken against Baker, and perhaps his former boss as well.
RO has the detail, under the heading “Former Danczuk spin doctor, Matt Baker, accused of 'vile attack' and 'smear campaign’”. Baker “was revealed as the author of an email that makes very serious and highly damaging allegations about former Rochdale Council leader, Colin Lambert and a former Mayor of Rochdale, Robin Parker - allegations which they say are completely without foundation and ‘libellous’”.
Colin Lambert is not only engaging the services of a lawyer, he is also taking the matter further within the Labour Party. My information is that this, and other, matters that may be traced back to Simon Danczuk have been made known to the party’s General Secretary Iain McNicol. The MEN has conformed this in its article.
[UPDATE 1220 hours: Most unwisely, the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog have ridden to the rescue of their pal Simon Danczuk, but failed totally to mug up on their facts beforehand (no surprise there).
"Labour Purge Begins: Danczuk Targeted In Lefty 'Smear' Plot" proclaim the Fawkes folks, putting "smear" in quotation marks because there isn't one. The story in the MEN "looks like the beginnings of the expected Corbynista purge", which is total drivel.
Those signing the petition calling for the whip to be removed from Danczuk are also described as "Corbynistas", thus demonstrating that (a) the Fawkes rabble know Sweet Fanny Adams about the world outside the Westminster Village, and (b) their informant was rather close to Simon Danczuk.
So let me put them straight. This has nothing to do with degrees of leftness, nothing to do with the Labour leadership, nothing to do with "Corbynistas", "Trotskyites", or any other group that the Fawkes blog cares to dream up. It is solely about the conduct of Simon Danczuk and those around him.
With friends like Staines and his pals, Simon Danczuk has no need of enemies]