In the run-up to the 2010 General Election, Rochdale’s then MP, Lib Dem Paul Rowen, was ridiculed by Danczuk and his team over an apparently trivial expense claim - for a banana. The offending claim had been submitted by an intern as part of their lunch, without Rowen’s knowledge, but, all being fair in love and war, was duly seized upon by his opponents as a sign of greediness and being out of touch.
After all, this perfectly fitted the meme being promoted by Danczuk and his then sidekick Matt Baker that Rowen was “milking” the expense régime, the inference from their propaganda being that Danczuk would not do such a thing. And so began a campaign of borderline harassment of Rochdale’s Lib Dems by a small number of people dressed as bananas, as the photos in this post demonstrate.
They then gravitated to Rowen’s constituency office on Drake Street before finishing off in the town centre where they handed out leaflets - leaflets intended to trash the Lib Dems, and thereby benefit Danczuk’s campaign. But what of the reality of the current MP’s expense régime? Ah well. As I’ve shown previously, Danczuk is adept at kicking others, while not letting on that his own claims are not insignificant.
That was for an annual amount between £25,000 and £29,999. He has since dispensed with her services, but there appears to have been no sign of complaints that his casework is suffering; indeed, Danczuk seems to be getting better at things like registering his payments for extra-Parliamentary activity (like using the Mail On Sunday to slag off his own party leadership). In any case, he has no room to call out anyone on expenses.