DISGRACED MP Simon Danczuk has sparked fresh speculation that he could be set to join the Conservatives after being photographed with the top Tory in his constituency at the weekend.
Mr Danczuk, who was suspended from the Labour Party after sending lewd texts to a teenager, posed with his arm round Tory council leader Ashley Dearnley next to a Conservative Party banner.
The pair embraced at a community festival in Littleborough, Rochdale on Sunday, where the local Conservatives had a stall.
They were so pally that Mr Danczuk even took part in the Tories’ fundraising tombola, according to constituent Philip Gilligan, who caught the MP schmoozing.
He told the Star: “When he arrived at the festival, he went straight to the Conservative stand, had a go on their tombola and posed for the photograph for I’m not sure who. But I decided I would nip out and take my own photograph.
“As a constituent, I’m fed up with having an MP who is constantly bringing himself and the constituency into disrepute.
“As a potential Labour voter, I’m fed up with being offered a Labour MP in Rochdale who doesn’t, in my view, represent true Labour values and who has on many occasions spoken out against the leader of the Labour Party and attacked him.”
The Star contacted Mr Danczuk’s office for comment twice but had not received a response when we went to print.
Mr Danczuk allegedly told his ex-partner Claire Hamilton that he only joined Labour “because they asked me first.”
But a spokesman for Mr Danczuk has said that “any suggestion he would even consider joining another party is unfounded and completely lacking in credibility.”