British MP facing investigation over historical rapeMonday 04 January 2016 23.39
British Labour MP Simon Danczuk is facing a police investigation after being accused of a historical rape.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "We can confirm that we have received a report of a historic rape dating back to 2006.
"We are in the very early stages of an investigation and inquiries are ongoing. The complaint relates to a 49-year-old man."
Responding to the claims, the MP for Rochdale said: "These claims are malicious, untrue and extremely upsetting.
"The police have not been in touch with me but I will co-operate fully with any inquiries and am confident my name will be promptly cleared."
The claims come as embattled Mr Danczuk faces criticism over lewd texts he sent to Sophena Houlihan when she was 17. He blamed a "drink problem" for the sexually explicit messages
He has been suspended from the Labour Party while an investigation takes place into his conduct, for which he has apologised "unreservedly".
The father-of-five's personal life has repeatedly made the headlines over the past year following the collapse of his marriage to wife Karen, who was dubbed the selfie queen after posting numerous photographs of herself on social media.