Stephen Doughty, the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, has voted with the Conservative Government in favour of the renewal of Britain’s submarine nuclear deterrent Trident.
Doughty – who was once a junior foreign affairs front-bench spokesman under Jeremy Corbyn – was last night one of 140 Labour MPs who did not support the Labour leader’s anti-nuclear stance in what was a free vote.
The Penarth MP is said to be a member of the so-called “party-within-a-party” the anti-Corbyn Progress Group.
The overall Commons vote was :-
- For renewing the submarine-based Trident Nuclear Weapons system 472
- Against 117 .
The vote means that four new nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed submarines will be built for the Royal Navy at a current estimated cost of £31,000,000,000.
Of the 230 Labour MPs in the Commons 140 of them (including Stephen Doughty) voted for renewing Trident, 47 Labour MPs voted against renewal and the rest abstained.