Stephen Doughty was once a junior member of Jeremy Corbyn's front bench. Last night he voted with the Conservatives

Stephen Doughty had once been  a junior member of Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench until he resigned in January. Last night Corbyn opposed Trident renewal but Doughty voted for it

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.


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  1. AK says:

    We’re surrounded by nuclear free local authorities, so we should be fine !

  2. Christopher David says:

    So sad, a reflection of Sapiens and how far we haven’t progressed. But probably the only decision “we” could have made. I wonder who explained the issues to Doughty then!

  3. Lindsay says:

    £31b or £200b? Depends who you listen to. Every penny taxpayers money. Makes our gripes about local councils’ “waste” of taxpayers money seem pretty small beer.

  4. Ian Perry says:

    Once the UK’s space program is more advanced, we’ll be building a ‘Death Star’. Then is the EU comes up with a sensible regulation that the world adopts, but newspapers owners don’t like for whatever reason, we can simply destroy the planet. Ah… We’re already doing that by our lack of actions to combat climate change…

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