Simon Danczuk

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(politician, writer)
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Alma materLancaster University
PartyLabour, Reform UK

Simon Danczuk is a British politician and writer who in 2014 called for public inquiry after the "Home Office admitted that 114 files relating to allegations of historical child abuse by leading politicians have been lost or destroyed".[1]

In September 2023, Simon Danczuk's third wife, beauty therapist Claudine, 28, revealed that she and the former Labour MP, 56, were planning to adopt a baby from Rwanda, her East African homeland.[2]


Simon Danczuk is originally from Hapton in Lancashire. Leaving school at 16, he worked in factories for several years, before going back to study and eventually gaining a degree in sociology, as a mature student, at Lancaster University. With a keen interest in politics, he was elected to Blackburn Council at the age of 27, though stood down eight years later to concentrate on business.

Labour MP for Rochdale

In 2010 Simon won the Rochdale Parliamentary seat for Labour and remained the MP until 2017. During this time, he co-authored ‘Smile for the Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smith’, which was named The Sunday Times political book of the year. In 2014 he was named ‘Campaigner of the Year’ by the Political Studies Association for his work exposing child abuse. He was praised for: “taking on extremely difficult and sensitive issues and dragging them into the light.” 2015 saw him named Contrarian of the Year, an award that ‘recognises the independence, courage and sacrifice of British public figures whose ideas challenge the status quo.’ They stated: “Danczuk has taken on the British establishment and risked his own career by challenging it. He cannot be silenced or bought off. For that, he must be applauded.” 'Scandal at Dolphin Square: A Notorious History', by Simon and Dan Smith, is published in February 2022. Danczuk has written widely for the national newspapers, such as the Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, and The Sun. Now living between London and Manchester, he still writes for a wide variety of organisations, and is currently working on another book.


On 12 August 2015, Simon Danczuk said he would seek to oust Jeremy Corbyn "from day one" if he were to be elected Leader of the Labour Party:

“Am I going to put up with some crazy left wing policies that he is putting forward and traipse through the voting lobby to support him? It's not going to happen is it? So I would give him about twelve months if he does become leader.”[3]

Reform UK candidate

In February 2024, Danczuk announced that he is standing as the Reform UK candidate in the 2024 Rochdale by-election which takes place on 29 February 2024.[4]

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