Stephen Doughty – the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth has been explaining today why he abstained in yesterday’s House of Commons vote on the EU .
A total of 461 MPs including Conservatives, Labour, UKIP, voted by a landslide to trigger Article 50 before April 2017. Doughty however was one of only 23 Labour MPs who abstained.
In last June’s EU In or Out Referendum, Cardiff (not including Penarth) voted to “Remain” by 101,788 votes to 67,816 (60.6% voting to stay in the EU).
In the Vale of Glamorgan ( in which Penarth’s votes were included ) the result was almost evenly split with only 36,681 voting to Remain in the EU (50.7%) whereas 35,628 voted Leave (49.3%). The vote in the Vale of Glamorgan was one of the tightest results anywhere in Britain and rested on a tiny majority of only 1,053 votes.
In Wales as a whole 854,572 people – comprising 52.53% of the population voted to Leave the EU.
Today Doughty tweeted an explanation for his decision to stay away from the voting lobbies last night . In answer to Twitter correspondent Ian Beck he said :-