SUSPENDED Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk spent three nights in a Costa Blanca police cell after a violent row with his estranged wife at a residence in Algorfa, in the Vega Baja.
The 49-year-old Labour member, who has been embroiled in tabloid scandal, was led away in handcuffs by police on Saturday evening, while his wife Karen was taken to hospital.
After appearing before the Violence Against Women Court 1 in Orihuela on Tuesday August 16, Danczuk was released when his former partner declined to press charges.
Witnesses told The Sun, who initially broke the story, there had been an ‘almighty row’ punctuated by ‘banging and screaming’, before police arrived at the Algorfa apartment and led Danczuk away shirtless and shouting.
Danczuk told the judge the argument was a personal matter and, though he admitted shouting, he denied there had been any physical abuse.
His wife, a 33-year-old former councillor and no stranger to extensive media attention, reportedly suffered cuts and bruises and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.
Neither Danczuk nor his ex-partner has commented publicly on the matter, which would cap off a strange Spanish holiday. On August 13, the Rochdale MP’s SAS Airlines flight from Copenhagen to Alicante was diverted to Dusseldorf in Germany after the discovery of a suspicious package, which turned out to be a vacuum flask.
The controversial politician, who was a leading campaigner in the fight to expose historic child sex abuse allegations in Rochdale, is currently suspended from the Labour Party. He´s been accused of sending lewd text messages to a teenage girl looking for work experience.
Danczuk recently agreed to repay more than £11,000 in parliamentary expenses, having claimed extra accommodation costs for two children who did not routinely live with him. He later claimed it was an ‘honest mistake’.