The Labour and Cooperative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Stephen Doughty – has moved to new offices in Cardiff Bay within the premium office development No. 1 Caspian Point.
The top-drawer office block is the same one which the Wales Office rented in 2013 – a move which then cost taxpayers more than £560,000.
When the Wales Office moved into the same building in 2013, the man who is now a Labour leadership contender – Owen Smith – described the expenditure involved as “extraordinary” and said the Wales Office was at risk of becoming known as the “Waste Office”.
Sharing the new offices with Doughty will be Cardiff South and Penarth’s Labour AM Vaughan Gething.
The address of the offices is 1 Caspian Point, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4DQ and the phone number is 02920 444055 . Doughty says appointments are “by request”.
Comment today on Facebook Doughty says that ” I am renting one small room for my staff, utilities, phone, Internet and meeting room facilities etc.” and says he – like all other MPs – is not allowed to spend more than £23,450 per year for such purposes .
The latest available figures show that between 1 Jun 2015 and 31 May 2016 Doughty claimed a total of £50,513.67 in expenses .
By April 2016 he was claiming at the rate of over £12,000 a month (a figure which includes staff costs) but the claims have now dropped back to more modest levels .
Today Doughty issued a tweet formally congratulating Jeremy Corbyn on being re-elected as leader of the Labour Party – despite his having resigned as a junior member of Corbyn’s front bench team in January as a gesture of disapproval.
Doughty had been listed by the Daily Mirror as a supporter of Corbyn’s rival, Owen Smith, in the Labour leadership contest and was classified by the Corbyn camp as “hostile” to the Labour Leader .
Today Doughty – referring to Corbyn as “Jeremy” – urged fellow Labour Party members not to indulge in any more internecine warfare and called for – as he put it – “No splits (or purges!)”.