Once a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench – but no longer – Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty is now officially rated as being “hostile” to the Labour leader .
The revelation has come from a spreadsheet leaked to the Daily Mirror in which party officials have ranked all the Labour MPs in order of their loyalty to Corbyn. It’s split them up into four groups:-
- Core ( the MPs closest to Corbyn) – people like shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Diane Abbott.
- Core Plus Group – sympathetic and compliant to Corbyn
- Neutral but not Hostile – not 100% with Corbyn, but not necessarily opposed to him either.
- Hostile: Not supportive of Corbyn
- Core Group Hostile – just about as disloyal as you can get whilst still being in the same political party.
Stephen Doughty, the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, now finds himself classified – according to Wales on Line (part of the Trinity Mirror Group) – as being in the Core Group Hostile category .
It’s all far cry from the balmy days of last October when Corbyn had plucked Doughty out of obscurity to become a junior opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs and even came to sit alongside him in a House of Commons committee lamenting the plight of the Chagos Islanders [a people who a previous Labour Government had unceremoniously booted-off their own territory].
Doughty has evidently still not been forgiven by the Labour hierarchy for publicly announcing his resignation from the Labour front bench on the BBC2 “Daily Politics” programme in January this year .
Doughty had then claimed that he “agreed” with Corbyn “on a number of issues” but attacked the behaviour of what he called “some of those around him and on his team”.
A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn is reported to have denied that the listings were drawn up “in the Leader’s office”.