Sunday 18 February 2018

MP Simon Danczuk probed by police after sending 'spanking' texts to teenager

Labour MP Simon Danczuk has been sexting a 17-year-old student telling her she was "cheeky" and that he wanted to "spank" her

Claire Hamilton and Labour MP Simon Danczuk
Claire Hamilton and Labour MP Simon Danczuk
Sophena Houlihan

Nicola Harley

Labour MP Simon Danczuk has sent a teenager a number of sex messages, asking her in one of them if she wanted him to spank her.

His membership of the Labour Party has been suspended following the allegations.

The 49-year-old allegedly sexted the 17-year-old girl in July after splitting up from his wife 'selfie queen' Karen Danczuk.

The pair contacted each other over a period of months after Sophena Houlihan, now 18, contacted him about a job in his constituency office.

The anti-child abuse campaigner then sent the student a number of flirty messages, telling her she made him "horny".

Miss Houlihan told the Sun: "When I first got in touch I never expected the messages to get so graphic. At the time I played along with it, but now I feel like he duped me.

Sophena Houlihan
Sophena Houlihan

"I enjoyed the attention. There is something about him that I was attracted to."

She said she had hoped for a career in politics and was in "awe" of him.

Miss Houlihan, of Rochdale, claims she posted a picture of herself in a dress on Instagram and he messaged her telling her she "looked great", days later she claims he asked her to send him a picture of her and she sent one of herself in a revealing body suit.

He sent messages telling her she was "cheeky" and that he wanted to "spank" her.

The revelations come days after his new partner Claire Hamilton, a Labour concillor in Leyland, ended their relationship on Twitter.

She told the paper: "I have no idea how many women he's been messaging on Twitter. I would not be surprised if it was a lot more."

Detectives from Greater Manchester Police have investigated the case to ensure the student was not being "harassed".

A spokesperson said: "On 29 December 2015, Greater Manchester Police received a report from a member of the public that a man from the Rochdale area had been communicating inappropriately with a teenage girl.

"This matter was looked into and it has been determined that no offences have been committed."

 A source close to the MP told the paper the pair are "two consenting adults".

His relationship with Miss Hamilton ended just hours after the couple were criticised for a series of selfies while constituents struggled to cope with floods.

He had faced a Twitter backlash after Miss Hamilton tweeted about going for a "romantic" Boxing Day curry with the MP.

It came as parts of Rochdale, Mr Danczuk's constituency, were left submerged with towns and homes flooded.

After the criticism Miss Hamilton, 32, appeared to suggest their relationship was over after tweeting: "Dumped Danczuk. He had it coming."

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