Angela Eagle explaining why she's withdrawn from the Labour Leadership contest tonight

Angela Eagle explaining why she’s withdrawn from the Labour Leadership contest tonight

Labour MP Angela Eagle – who last week launched her candidature for the leadership of the Labour Party – has tonight withdrawn from the contest.

Eagle had been nominated for the leadership by Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty who backed  her in an effusive Twitter post just 7 hours ago

The tweet backing Angela Eagl;e posted on Twitter by Stephen Doughty MP for Cardiff South and Penarth earlier today

The tweet backing Angela Eagle posted on Twitter by Stephen Doughty MP for Cardiff South and Penarth earlier today. Eagle withdrew shortly afterwards.

Angela Eagle said  she was dropping out “in the interests of the party” and now would back the other candidate Owen Smith (Labour MP for Pontypridd) “with all her might and enthusiasm”.

Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall - backed by Doughty was the least popular candidate.

Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall-backed by Doughty- was the least popular candidate.

Owen Smith (Labour Pontypridd)

Owen Smith (Labour Pontypridd)

Doughty – who is a member of the anti-Jeremy Corbyn “Progress Group” –  has had singularly little luck with the candidates he has backed. In the previous Labour Leadership Election he had supported Liz Kendall (above) – who came bottom of the poll out of a field of four.

Owen Smith and Stephen Doughty were both on the shortlist for the Pontypridd constituency before the 2010 General Election along with three female candidates   Jayne Brencher, Delyth Evans and Bethan Roberts. All the female candidates – and Doughty –  were turned down in favour of Owen Smith.

Smith is the son of the historian and former BBC Wales Head of Programmes Dai Smith and worked as a BBC Wales radio producer before entering Parliament.

After Angela Eagle withdrew Doughty posted a new message on Twitter saying “Sad @angelaeagle has withdrawn from race but she conducted herself with courage, dignity + best interests of party + country at all times.”


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  1. Peter Church says:

    He does seem to back a loser.
    Don’t worry with thanks to Doubty Speak, he will says he has always backed his fellow “Welshman” Owen Smith 🙂

  2. Parcel says:

    No dought about it, would b nice if he actually backed a winner.

  3. Andrew Worsley says:

    Poor Mr Doughty cant seem to get it right can he poor chap, this publicity seeking nonentity has now been made a fool of by one of his fellow MPs, this is what happens when you mix with conniving , scheming ,unsavoury, characters who stab you in the back whilst shaking your hand and are ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY (and a bit of recognition). Mr Doughty is of course a terrible judge of Character, God knows who voted for him , he hasn’t a clue. And I hope all those who schemed against Corbyn from the day he was elected (as the peoples choice) like Doughty and his chums Chukka Umma a Champaign Socialist , Angela Eagle , Tristram Hunt , Yvette Cooper, Caroline Flint etc all get deselected by the people who voted them in their job, they are unworthy of anyones trust. As for Mr Doughty …………..WHEN IN DOUBT LEAVE IT OUT …………. Don’t become a laughing stock ………………….oops ……. too late.

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    NEWS FLASH ………………… Owens Smiths representatives have just contacted Mr Doughtys office to ask him not to endorse or back their candidate ……………..they gave no reason ????

  5. Joe blow says:

    Father Bbc head of program, bbc producer. Good to see nepotism is still alive and well in the BBC.

  6. Philip Rapier says:

    “Without the support of his Party he is nothing”
    “If he loses support of his Parliamentary Party he is out”
    Harold Wilson writing on the role of a PM in this situation his book “The Governance of Britain” 1978.(I have a copy signed by Harold so the quote is accurate)
    Perhaps Corbyn should read it.
    Most Popular Bets according to Oddschecker are Jeremy Corbyn (1/2)Owen Smith (2/1)
    It’s Barry boy Smith for me every time coming out of the stalls a little slow but as the Tories discovered it is not always the fastest horse that wins the Grand National Leadership Steeplechase.. Owen tripled his majority at the last General Election in Pontypridd. He has the intellect required. Read French and History at Sussex. Hard nosed Leadership Qualities. Pragmatic about when to trigger Clause 50.
    He has that “je ne sais quoi” and fluency in Francaise to be “the thinking mans Boris Johnson”. Go for it Owen! Whoops! should I have said Allez Owen?

    • Peter Church says:

      During a TV interview, Mr Smith said: “I’m glad you think I’m normal. I am normal. I grew up in a normal household. I’ve got a wife and three children. My wife is a primary school teacher.”
      This was in an interview and was directed about Angela Eagle and her female partner, commentators have said its a gay slur against her as worst, at best it’s insensitive.

      Yes, Philip Rapier you seem to pick “a winner” as well.

  7. Andrew Worsley says:

    It makes me laugh how Eagle and Smith competed with each other against Corbyn to find out which had the most basic upbringing and the best working class credentials to run the Labour Party , it reminds me of the Monty Python sketch with the Yorkshire men competing on who suffered the most as a child etc ………….such as .. “we only had basic accommodation, well when I say accommodation I mean a leaky shed ” . To standard replies were such as ” Shed!!??? pure luxury!! puuuuurre !!!!!! luxury, we had to live in a hole in the road which had a constant puddle in the bottom. ” And did we complain ??? nnoooooooooooo”.

  8. Martin Coffee says:

    I’m waiting to see who he supports in the vote. Then I’ll put a bet on the other person.

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