Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth makes a short contribution to a debate on overseas territories. The airport he praised the Government for building has turned out to be too dangerous to land on

Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) makes a short contribution to a debate on overseas territories. He praised the  construction of the £200,000,000 St Helena Airport … an airport which has turned out to be too dangerous for fare-paying passengers to land at.

The Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Stephen Doughty, has been harking back to the heady days when he used to be a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s front-bench shadow-ministerial team.

For a brief period – until he resigned in January – Doughty was a junior  Labour foreign affairs spokesman, during which where he notably appeared alongside his then boss – Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn –  on a Commons committee discussing the plight of the Chagos Islanders.

PDN Note: The Chagos Islanders lived happily on their British-owned archipelago of Indian Ocean islands (300 miles south of the Maldives) until 1967 when they were unceremoniously turfed-off them by Harold Wilson’s Labour Government (1964-1970).

Although no longer part of Corbyn’s top team – Doughty has now appeared again in a committee debate on the Chagos Islands and other overseas territories  – although he had to apologise for arriving late.

He said “I apologise for the fact that I could not be here for the start of the debate. Honourable members will recall my position on the matter as the shadow Foreign Office Minister in the last debate.”

Doughty told MPs “I am a strong supporter of righting this historical injustice.” – but failed to mention it was an “injustice” perpetrated by the then Labour Government.

Stephen Doughty (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) told MPs we have been able to move ahead with building an airport in St Helena.  He failed to point out the airport is useless

Stephen Doughty  told MPs “we have been able to move ahead with building an airport in St Helena”. He failed to point out the airport is too dangerous to use.

Doughty then went on to commend other former Labour Government projects in the area. He said “With respect to logistics, we have been able to move ahead with building an airport in St Helena, and we have done many other things in the overseas territories that have cost an awful lot and have been logistically difficult.”

.…. Doughty, however, failed to mention that the St Helena Airport has been found to be  too dangerous to use for scheduled commercial passenger flights.

PDN Note: It was Tony Blair’s Labour Government which in 2005 committed British taxpayers to fund the building what was to become a useless £202,000,000 airport on the remote island of St Helena. In 2008 Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown finally approved a contractor to build the airport and in 2010 a go-ahead was given.

….But there was a problem. Before the airport was due to open this year – the landing strip  was found to be far too dangerous to use for commercial flights because of the endemic wind-shear on the island.  Last Friday a now-obsolete Avro RJ100 short-field jet airliner managed a touch-down and take off – but without fare-paying passengers.

St Helena Airport is still considered too dangerous for any scheduled passenger air-services to land there.

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Its a good cause especially as it appears the USA is polluting the Marine Reserve. However isn’t this issue given its military significance one for the big hitters? Doughty’s a lightweight- although he’s certainly making a meal of things!

  2. Peter Church says:

    This guy has not got a clue, who briefs him or do it just make the stuff up
    It just shows how uneducated he is, Oxford Poly maybe!

    What’s a limited company?
    What’s an Aeroplane?
    What shirt size do I really take?

    Yes congratulations to St Helena Airport, £220m pound and not a single fare paying passenger.
    However, there was a landing on the 02 runway (this was with the wind) at St Helena using a BAE146 aircraft last week, but only as a test and with no passengers. Seem to go well, if a little late in stopping!!

  3. Lindsay says:

    I seem to recall that this scheme was approved in 2010, by William Hague and Andrew Mitchell, and then signed off by the Tory-led coalition government with £250m from the DfID fund.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Yes Lindsay 4 red legs good 2 blue legs bad.
      The truth behind St Helena airport was the raf and the met office warned on severe wind shear but were ignored by politicians of all colors.

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