MP Simon Danczuk is facing a police investigation after a rape allegation was made against him.
The claim against the 49 year old Rochdale MP dates back to 2006, according to the Lancashire police force who confirmed they are investigating the allegation
Mr Danczuk has branded the accusation dating back to 2006 as “malicious, untrue and extremely upsetting”.
The Labour MP has been in the spotlight recently after being suspended by the party following allegations that he ‘sexted’ a 17-year-old girl in his constituency.
Danczuk has been a prominent campaigner against child sex abuse and has pursued historic allegations of paedophilia by the establishment.
The Guardian reports:
It is understood that the allegation is against Danczuk, who has been under mounting pressure after a series of revelations about his private life.
Danczuk declined to comment on the allegation after the statement was made by police. But speaking to reporters earlier in the day, Danczuk said he would cooperate with any police investigation. “I would always cooperate with the police in any regard in any investigation in relation to any issue,” he said.
Danczuk has been MP for Rochdale since 2010 and hit the headlines two years later after exposing Cyril Smith, the late Liberal MP, as a paedophile. He co-wrote a book on Smith and first named him as a child abuser in parliament, months before the police confirmed that the late MP should have been prosecuted over abuse claims.
He has been a prominent campaigner against child abuse in recent years and has also been a fierce critic of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, whom he said last October he would try to oust if the party did badly in this May’s devolved and local elections.
He has admitted to having a drink problem and his personal relationships have also hit the headlines in the past year.
At the weekend, Danczuk’s first wife accused him of being a sexual predator in an interview with the Mail on Sunday. Sonia Rossington, who was married to the MP for a decade, accused him of drug-taking and sexually abusive behaviour during their marriage.
Danczuk responded to Rossington’s claims, telling the Mail On Sunday: “She is consumed by bitterness, is susceptible to drinking too much and is telling lies.”