Some Historic Activities in Photo JournalismDate published: 05 January 2016
NEWSNIGHT interviewer Nick Hopkins challenged Simon Danczuk over payments he has been receiving from a photographic agency for tipping them off about his movements so they could arrange photographers to be present, then sell the photos on to tabloid newspapers and give Mr Danczuk a cut.
On the programme, which aired on Monday 4 January, Mr Hopkins questioning clearly rattled Mr Danczuk, who struggled to justify why an MP should receive £1,100 from a photo agency for 'tip offs'. As Mr Danczuk sought to defend himself, Mr Hopkins asked him to name any other MP with a similar arrangement, Mr Danczuk couldn't.
Mr Hopkins told the MP for Rochdale that it is "wrong".
The programme is available on BBC iPlayer until early February:
Mr Danczuk insists he sees nothing wrong in what he is doing.
Rochdale Online has previously revealed that on top of his £74,000 salary as an MP, Mr Danczuk:
- Cost the taxpayer over £1.2million in salary and expenses between 2010 and 2015, including a fondness for first class travel:
- Been paid £2,000 an hour by the Tory press for articles criticising his party leader:
- Employed his (now former) wife, Karen, as a caseworker on up to £30,000 a year of taxpayer's money and in addition paid her 621 hours overtime: