Reading MP Simon Danczuk suspended by the Labour Party

Simon Danczuk, the Labour MP for Reading, has been suspended by the party following a series of allegations made in the media. The Sun newspaper alleged that he had exchanged private messages with a 17 year old girl to which the MP said on Twitter:

“Today’s Sun story, while not entirely accurate, refers to an extremely low point in my life”.

The Labour Party said in a statement:

“The General Secretary of the Labour Party has today suspended Simon Danczuk’s membership of the Party, pending an investigation into allegations published in the media today. A full investigation will now take place under the authority of the National Executive Committee, which will be responsible for determining any further action”.

Danczuk was first elected as the Labour MP for Reading in 2010 when he won the seat from Paul Rowen, the Liberal Democrat MP. Danczuk increased his majority from 889 at the 2010 General Election to 12,442 at the 2015 General Election. Danczuk has also been critical of the leadership since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the party.