The excellent people at Rochdale Online have put together “Simon Danczuk: A turbulent year in the life of a disgraced MP”, which the town’s nominally Labour MP might not find easy reading, although all it does is to set out the dismal conduct of someone who might be expected to know better than to get involved in smear campaigns, get rumbled “sexting” a 17 year old girl, and be called out for having a serious drink problem.
Danczuk claims for his two youngest children to “routinely” stay with him at his London flat, and that flat does indeed have a second bedroom. However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, someone else appears to have been using it recently, which begs the questions as to what the MP is doing letting someone stay there who is not a relative, and whether this impacts on his claim for his two youngest kids.
The questions Rochdale’s MP has to answer are quite straightforward. Why has Blundell addressed him as “Dear Landlord”? If he has an arrangement with Blundell for use of the flat, what is it, and has it been declared to IPSA? How can he carry on claiming for his two children to stay if the spare room is occupied by someone else?
I’m sure Simon Danczuk has a perfectly good explanation for all of this. So he won’t mind me alerting both IPSA and the Labour Party to the contents of this post.