SMITH SUPPORTER STEPHEN DOUGHTY PUBLICLY PRAISES… JEREMY CORBYN

Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty had quit Jeremy Corbyn's front bench and backed other leadership contenders

Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) at Jeremy Corbyn’s right hand in 2015.  Shortly afterwards Doughty quit Corbyn’s front bench and backed rival leadership contenders

Some Westminster insiders say that Stephen Doughty, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth is – perhaps – seeking to restore his fractured relationship with the Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn.  

Last night Sky News televised the final live debate between Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership rival – the little-known Owen Smith (Labour MP for Pontypridd)  –  after which a Sky presenter – challenging a Smith supporter – described the Welsh contender as “toast”.

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith debate on Sky News last night

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith debate on Sky News last night

Not only had Corbyn held his corner in the tv debate – but earlier he had also effectively taken on Prime Minister Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons  – and had put in his best-ever performance at the dispatch box.

All this may be bringing about yet another re-think by Stephen Doughty who critics say seems to have an unenviable record for backing the wrong horse in the Labour leadership struggle.

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.

In the May 2015 Labour leadership elections, Doughty announced he was backing  lightweight Liz Kendall for the Labour Leadership. Jeremy Corbyn won . Kendall came  bottom of the poll.

Although he hadn’t supported Corbyn, Doughty was given a junior foreign affairs job on Corbyn’s Labour front bench.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg cues Stephen Doughty to announce his resignation on Wednesday's BBC Daily Politics programme

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg cues Stephen Doughty to announce his resignation on the  BBC Daily Politics programme

In January this year however Doughty abruptly broke off his relationship with Corbyn by publicly resigning on the live network BBC tv programme The Daily Politics.

In March Doughty  was listed by the  Corbyn camp as being in what was called the  “Core Group Hostile” category of MPs – the most extreme opponents of Jeremy Corbyn.

Angela Eagle explaining why she withdrew from the Labour Leadership contest

Angela Eagle explaining why she withdrew from the Labour Leadership contest

In July 2016 Doughty publicly announced he was supporting Angela Eagle’s bid for the Labour Leadership…but a few days later Eagle pulled out

On July 19th 2016 Doughty was listed in the Daily Mirror as being one of the 172 Labour MPs who were nominating Owen Smith for the Labour Leadership . However now that Smith’s leadership bid is faltering, there are possible signs of yet another change of allegiance by Doughty.

 Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty who had criticised Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the party, and resigned as a Corbyn shadow spokesman on live tv, now appears to be praising "Jeremy" and manouvering his way back into the Corbyn camp. Owen Smith meanwhile is judged to have become "toast" in the Sky leadership election debate.

Cardiff South and Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty who had criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party, and resigned as a Corbyn shadow spokesman on live tv, now appears to be praising “Jeremy” and maneuvering his way back into the Corbyn camp. Owen Smith meanwhile is judged to have become “toast” in the Sky leadership election debate.

In a tweet yesterday, Doughty appeared to be holding out an olive-branch and adjusting his position – publicly praising Corbyn’s performance at Prime Minister’s Questions for what he described as “excellent Qs from Jeremy today”.

Significantly perhaps, Doughty’s name does not appear on the so-called “deselection list”  of 13 Labour MPs who are adjudged by the Corbyn team to have “abused the leader and his allies” even though Doughty had criticised the conduct of  Corbyn colleagues on network tv back in January when he had publicly resigned from the Labour front bench.

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6 Responses to SMITH SUPPORTER STEPHEN DOUGHTY PUBLICLY PRAISES… JEREMY CORBYN

  1. Penileaks says:

    What a shallow man. Quite obviously trying to creep back around Mr Corbyn hoping that he will be back in favour when Mr C wins next week.
    A great example of a career politician….or should I say career snake, at work !

  2. Anne Greagsby says:

    Doughty hedging his bets..now his constituency is toast!

  3. Peter Church says:

    Q. Who does Stephen Doughty care about?
    A. Stephen Doughty of course, its his number one priority.

  4. Ann Other says:

    Perhaps he has re-selection dangers in mind now it seems likely that the 1970s relic Corbyn will win the ‘leadership’ election? No. I’m sure, on reflection, I’m just being cynical.

  5. Andrew Worsley says:

    Get rid of the useless creep.

  6. Margaret says:

    I think he is an excellent MP . Do your readers actually know how much he does for his constituents? This website is becoming a right wing talking shop.

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