All posts tagged: Simon Danczuk

A view from Rochdale: ‘Democracy has gone out of the window’ – video

A view from Rochdale: ‘Democracy has gone out of the window’ – video

[ad_1] The Guardian was working with a community reporting team called the Elephant’s Trail in Rochdale on a series about their town when a byelection was called. The contest quickly plunged into chaos after the Labour party and the Green party withdrew support for their candidates and the canvassing was dominated by smaller parties. But how did this affect the voters? The team hit the streets and found evidence of apathy, concerns about homelessness and a desire for politicians who are committed to changing their community for the better  Continue reading… [ad_2] Source link

Rochdale voters left cold by byelection chaos

Rochdale voters left cold by byelection chaos

[ad_1] Workers Party of Britain leader George Galloway speaking at a rally after Friday prayers at the Bilal Mosque in Rochdale.Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Byelections are traditionally a chance for voters to lodge a protest vote. But when the people of Rochdale go to the polls on Thursday, they have barely anyone to protest against. The Labour and Green parties have ditched their candidates. The Conservative was abroad on a long-planned family holiday the week before polling day. The Lib Dem remains, but pulled out of the most high-profile political event, a local BBC radio debate. The most energetic campaigning last week came instead from the political fringe: George Galloway, serial byelection winner and founder of the Workers Party of Britain, and Simon Danczuk, the town’s former Labour MP who was suspended by the party for sexting a 17-year-old girl and is now standing for Reform UK. “We don’t deserve this,” said Margaret King, standing outside Marks & Spencer. “This town does not deserve to be this short of anybody decent to vote for.” This …