PENARTH MP DOUGHTY DENIES CO-OPERATIVE PARTY COULD GANG-UP ON CORBYN

Labour and Co-operative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth  Stephen Doughty - once a junior  member of Jeremy Corbyn's front bench - has now publicised a "denial" that the Co-operative Party will become the nexus for anti-Corbyn MPs in the Commons .

Labour and Co-operative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty (left) – once a junior member of Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench – has now publicised a “denial” that the Co-operative Party could become the new main opposition party in the Commons – “stifling” a Corbyn-led Labour Party  .

Stephen Doughty (who is both the Labour MP and the Co-operative Party MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) has publicised a statement from the Co-operative Party ‘denying’ that it could become an anti-Corbyn “party-within-a-party” inside Labour.

Doughty – like his predecessor Alun Michael – is a member of both the Labour Party and the shadowy and largely unknown Co-operative Party.

The Sunday Times reported that plans were afoot to increase the size of the Co-operative Party in the House of Commons and make that main opposition party instead of Labour

The Sunday Times reported that plans were afoot to increase the size of the Co-operative Party in the House of Commons and make that main opposition party instead of Labour

At the weekend The Sunday Times reported that if Corbyn wins the leadership of the Labour Party in September,  100 Labour MPs will be recruited into the Co-operative Party  – and will join the 25 existing dual-membership MPs (like Doughty).

The potential advantage getting all these Labour MPs into the Co-operative Party is that – for historical reasons – the Co-op Party is officially recognised as being a separate political party by the Electoral Commission. If enough Labour MPs join it, then the Co-operative Party – and not the Labour Party – would be entitled to be regarded as the main opposition party in the House of Commons – stifling Corbyn and the “official” Labour Party.

     The Co-operative Party's denial of weekend media speculation that it will  become an anti-Corbyn  "party-within-a-party" inside the Labour Party. Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty - who has re-published the notice on Twitter - is a member of both the Labour and the Co-operative Party as is Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething


The Co-operative Party’s denial of weekend media speculation that it will become an anti-Corbyn “party-within-a-party” inside the Labour Party. Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty – who has re-published the notice on Twitter – is a member of both the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party as is Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething.

Now however, in a “non-denial denial” – re-tweeted by Stephen Doughty –  the Co-operative Party has attempted to scotch the Sunday Times story and attenpted to deny that it could become the nexus of an anti-Corbyn “party-within-a-party” in Parliament.

In a statement, the Co-operative Party says “We are not a vehicle to be used by one political faction or another to advance their own agenda.The Co-operative Party has worked with Labour under each of its leaders since 1927 and remains neutral on the current leadership contest within the Labour Party.The Co-operative Party NEC has had no discussions about changing the way the Party operates based on the outcome of the Labour Leadership contest.”

The Co-operative Party is the political arm of the socialist trading movement the “Co-op” – which is  perhaps best known for the chaotic collapse of the “mutual” Co-operative Bank.

Rev Paul Flowers disgraced former chairman of the Co-operative Bank

Rev Paul Flowers disgraced former chairman of the Co-operative Bank

In 2013 the then chairman of the Co-operative Bank , the Reverend Paul Flowers stood down  and made a public apology after being filmed allegedly buying drugs.

The former chairman’s  competence – or lack of it – during his three years as the head of the Co-operative Bank was also exposed when investigations were made into the Co-op’s disastrous take-over of the Britannia Building Society. 

In addition a £1.5 billion shortfall was  discovered in the capital of the Co-op Bank.

The outcome of the embarrassing revelations was that thousands of Co-op Bank employees were made redundant. The Vale of Glamorgan Council – which was  a customer of the Co-operative Bank – had to quickly find an alternative bank .

In the wake of the Co-operative Bank scandal, Stephen Doughty claimed the Co-operative Movement had been “unfairly smeared” in regard to what he called “the concerning and disturbing events at the Co-op Bank “.

 

 

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9 Responses to PENARTH MP DOUGHTY DENIES CO-OPERATIVE PARTY COULD GANG-UP ON CORBYN

  1. Hamish Munnypenny says:

    It astounds me that the Labour Party, with over half a million members and supporters, has become the largest left of centre party in Europe SINCE Jeremy Corbyn became leader, yet the majority of MPs consider the party unelectable under his leadership.
    I think they will be taught a lesson next month when he is re-elected by the members, and the likes of Stephen Doughty will be de-selected because of their disloyalty.
    People would far rather have a man of principle to lead the party than a bunch of Machiavellian conspirators who seek opportunities for self-advancement.
    I think many people are fed up with careerist politicians of all persuasions who put their own interests ahead of the interests of the country.

  2. jm says:

    Personally I despair of the Labour party ever bothering to get its act together to even begin to try to support the people it says it puts first. I am in my 50s and only once in my lifetime has Labour ever manages ro govern, and wven then it promptly forgot about its own!
    That said, the reference to the coop partybeing shadowy and unknown is unfair – it is surely less shadowy than the unionist bit of the conservative and unionist party, and surely less unknown than ukip – although the shambles of the latter may see the xurtain come down on it soon enough now.

  3. Peter Church says:

    If new members join and what to take the party in a different direction then that’s democracy!
    Whinging middle class Labour MPs and AMs whom most had free university education, telling the young supporters of Corbyn that this party ain’t for them.
    We can see their true colours, maybe they only want the donkey vote without any real change. Good Luck to Corbyn, who will win.
    I would then deselect the Oxbridge Labour types who have a made a career out of being in the know.
    Remind you of anyone?

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    Corbyn is disliked by the Labour career MPs and Blairite faction, for just one reason and that thing is one they cannot handle. He is AN HONEST PERSON, A STRAIGHT TALKING MAN . A RESPECTABLE MP AND WANTS TO SERVE THE PEOPLE AND HELP THE SKILLED THE ILL AND THE NEEDY .It is this that all his enemies despise , they wish to carry on fiddling expenses , renting out accommodation that was intended for them only. And all the other corrupt and underhand things the Corbyn conspirators are in favour of , Chukka Umunna , one of the Champaign Socialists like David Lammy , Yvette Cooper , Liz Kendall etc . Chukka Umunna was the one who went to a get together around the time Corbyn was elected where the steaks alone in the meals were £100 each, no wonder he don’t want Corbyn . I saw a clip of the original Labour leadership race with Yvette Cooper, Corbyn, Liz Kendall, and Andy Burnett on Youtube and you have never seen a female MP so condescending when she spoke to Corbyn or about him , it was painful to watch , treating him like a child or infirm.

    • Kevin Mahoney says:

      When you say honest, you mean the chap who denied sharing political platforms with hate preachers and the associates of terrorists but when confronted with photos and film of himself doing exactly that, said ” I must have forgotten”

      Or the honest chap who railed against Britain’s membership of the EU for 30+ years but then campaigned for a remain vote as labour leader.

      The honest gentleman who was yet again exposed yesterday as being very economical with the truth in regards to putting on a dishonest stunt about not being able to get a seat on a virgin train service that was exposed as false by CCTV footage.

      A respectable MP as you put it, who once held a minutes silence for the deaths of 8 IRA terrorists killed whilst making an armed attack on a police station.

      It seems that some people have a very warped sense of what decent and honest actually means.

    • Penileaks says:

      Here, here and whether you like Corbyn or not (I certainly do not agree with much of what he says or stands for), he was voted in as leader by a democratic vote and this should stand. All this undermin9ing of this democratic vote by party members who purely want things their own way, is a slap in the face of democracy and the likes of Doughty and his cronies should be thrown out on their ear from the Labour party and forced to get themselves a proper job !

  5. Andrew Worsley says:

    Kevin Mahoney I get it that your right wing and I get it you don’t like Corbyn and when you wish to end hatred or bitterness as has been stated you need to talk to those who are classed as enemies (that’s how we handled the IRA ) or have you forgot? Of course no one will negotiate with ISIS as they are a ‘death cult’ and not political thereby have no sane agenda. And in political terms you have to bend with the wind at times, or go with the majority. Jeremy Corbyn did not pull a STUNT on a train and he has now explained in detail why he and his wife could not find seats next to each other , and if you have eyes you can see most of the seats he passed on the train were reserved or had objects or luggage on seats to save them . I understand your dislike of Corbyn but don’t tell lies or pedal propaganda to suit your political ideals. And yes Corbyn is an honest man , but some people wouldn’t recognise honesty if it came and bit them, and prefer to delude themselves and try it on others too using DISTORTED or unfounded information . I do not have a warped sense of what’s decent or honest, and thank you very much for your snap analysis of my character its always nice to be told by someone who knows nothing about you , what kind of person you are. Look up the definition of honesty and decent if your unsure of the meanings. Oh and stop digging for dirt , as its all so transparent and obvious in its application as you have proved .

  6. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Well he’s not an honest man is he? As I’ve already pointed out and given examples of. And clearly theres a huge difference between negotiating with terrorists ( as of course the British Government did) and holding a minutes silence for the death of armed terrorists attacking a police station.

    One of Corbyn’s problems is that there are on record 40 years worth of photographic, film and written evidence evidence of his previous actions and statements.

    If you find his actions acceptable then so be it. Many decent people don’t.

  7. Andrew Worsley says:

    And you Kevin Mahoney are I suppose are one of the DECENT people? you appear to be championing . And Kevin Mahoney do not imply that I myself cannot be a decent person as your last sentence indicates . And for Gods sake you have to go back all of 40 years to be able to smear someone’s character??? , its frankly jaw dropping! . No one has called Corbyn a Saint , no one has said he is perfect , in the 40 years your proud to shout about he may well have made errors at times and may have made mistakes , but as the saying goes, ‘ you live and learn’ what you really do in life if possible!, is weigh up a person good actions as opposed to bad ones and if the good intentions outnumber any flaws by a large margin then you give this person a fair to good rating, unlike yourself that is going as far back as when Corbyn was 20 which is ridiculous . I suppose you think Tony Blair was a Saint compared to Mr Corbyn?. Get real, if you cannot do that and merely wish to demonise someone you dislike , carry on, the signs are so easy to see.

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