Simon Danczuk MP FINALLY AN MP WORTHY OF THE NAME

Simon Danczuk named ‘campaigning MP of the year’ for his work on child sex abuse

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk was handed the gong tonight at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter John Snow

Simon Danczuk MP with his wife Karen at this year’s MEN Diary Party

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has been named ‘campaigning MP of the year’ for his work exposing historic child abuse.
The parliamentarian was handed the gong tonight at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter John Snow.
It recognises several years of work uncovering the dark secrets of former Rochdale MP Sir Cyril Smith, as well as pushing for answers on claims of abuse at notorious school Knowl View.
He was chosen by a panel of political academics, as well as Peter Kellner, president of pollsters YouGov, and the BBC’s Today programme presenter Justin Webb.
They noted in particular his book Smile for the Camera, which shone a light on Sir Cyril’s catalogue of abuse – and accused the authorities of covering it up.
The panel praised him for ‘taking on extremely difficult and sensitive issues and dragging them into the light, and particularly with his book, co-authored with Matthew Baker, for exposing the sordid case of Cyril Smith and the shocking cover-ups which went on’.
His award, presented by BBC political correspondent Ian Watson, was made on behalf of the Political Studies Association at what has been dubbed the ‘oscars of Westminster’.
Fellow winners include home secretary Theresa May, who was crowned ‘politician of the year’ and her Labour predecessor David Blunkett, who won a lifetime achievement award.

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