Simon Danczuk busy burning bridges

Date published: 05 May 2017

Since being told he will not be Labour's candidate in the forthcoming general election, ending his tenure as Rochdale's controversial MP, Simon Danczuk has been busy burning bridges.

He claimed he was ousted as part of a Corbyn backed coup, ignoring the litany of serious indiscretions that many people consider make him unfit to be an MP and the fact that non-Corbyn sympathisers on Labour's National Executive Committee also voted him out.

"Unforgivably" in Labour activists eyes, he went on to say voters should not back Labour candidates if they support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - understood to be grounds for expulsion from the party quite besides his still ongoing suspension for sending sex messages to a 17-year-old girl.

Mr Danczuk has now turned on former close ally Tony Lloyd, who is seeking to be Labour's candidate in Rochdale, levelling very serious allegations about him on social media.

The disgraced former MP is also "bizarrely" seeking to influence who the Labour candidate is, saying in an interview he will not stand as an independent if Labour chooses the 'right person'.

A local Labour party member said: "The man continues to be deluded. He genuinely thinks that people will vote for him, the reality is his stock in Rochdale is lower than a snake's belly. It was only a week ago he was telling everyone who would listen he was confident Labour would rubber stamp him being the candidate, now he bizarrely thinks he can actually influence the choice of his successor. He is just full of hot air - fast being deflated."

Mr Danczuk has ignored a request for interview.

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