Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth –  and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth)  has defied Jeremy Corbyn and voted against not only his own party, but the majority of voters in Wales, by backing an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for Britain to remain within the Customs Union and the Single Market.

Doughty was one of  49 Labour MPs to openly defy Jeremy Corbyn –  signalling that the pre-election fence-mending  between the Penarth MP and his party leader is over.

Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn fired three of his shadow ministers – Andy Slaughter,  Ruth Cadbury and  Catherine West for backing a Queen’s Speech amendment which calls for the  UK to remain in the Single Market [ which is against official Labour Party policy]   A fourth shadow minister resigned.

The rebel Queen’s Speech amendment had been led by Chuka Umunna who said “I’ll keep fighting to keep us in the Single Market and Customs Union -the best deal for the UK”

The Queen’s Speech Amendment – led by Chuka Umunna – was backed by 49 Labour MPs including Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth)


Stephen Doughty received scorn on social media overnight for failing to support the official Labour policy on the EU  [ i.e. to abide by the majority vote in last year’s UK referendum to withdraw from the EU]  

One poster on Twitter  – “Technideb”-   went as far as calling Doughty a “traitor” and pointing out that the majority of voters in Wales had voted to Leave the EU .

A Twitter poster listed the names of the those MPs who supported the pro-EU amendment.

The Financial Times reported today that “Mr Corbyn and Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary, were said to be frustrated with Mr Umunna and Mr Doughty over their tactics, since they were never likely to peel away pro-EU Tory rebels in a vote on the Queen’s Speech.”

Immediately before the General Election it had appeared to some that Doughty was attempting to restore his fractured relationship with Jeremy Corbyn.

That relationship had been broken  last year when Doughty – having been promoted by Corbyn to become a Labour junior foreign affairs spokesman – abruptly resigned live on a BBC tv show in the vain hope that it would create an avalanche of further resignations and force Corbyn to quit as party leader.

The plan – such as it was – didn’t work and Corbyn went on to consolidate his leadership of the Labour Party, despite Doughty’s best efforts.

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  1. Frank Evans says:

    Ok. The country votes to leave the EU but the remoaners wangle it so we stay in the single market.
    With all the same free movement of workers EU regulations and costs.
    How the hell is that being out of the EU then?

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Mr. Doughty’s rebellion is of no consequence and about as politically rare and significant as a faded old copy of an ex UKIP Leader’s resignation speech.
      What matters is the voters do like Corbyn and when Teresa May finally has the guts to call an election decider Labour will boot out the Con-Duped Coalition.
      Get over it, May is in Office but Corbyn and the entire Opposition have a hefty chunk of the power since the election. This is strong and stable Government in a time of National Crisis.
      Government by Tory Bankers complicit in forcing down wages by EU mass migration will soon be over regardless of Mr.Doughty and the tantrums of any other rebel.
      Then we can start paying the Nurses a living instead of the Tories robbing them blind.

  2. CoexistinPenarth says:

    This makes me so angry. I voted for Doughty because of Corbyn. Doughty is betraying he voters by this move!

  3. Chris David says:

    There are a myriad of options. Dozens of countries have a myriad of differing arrangements with the EU. Its not black and white in or out- in fact there are NO absolutes available. Its a matter of negotiating a future relationship on trade and other aspects. Top economists seem to be largely in agreement in that staying in the (a) single market and customs union is a good thing- so do many business persons. There are variables available to such an arrangement. Nowt to do with “remoaners” or pure ignorance. In the referendum many admit they felt misled and voted out of ignorance. Lets not make the same mistake again.

    • Andrew sarchus says:

      Sounds like you watched Question Time last night Christopher. Almost word for word!

      • Chris David says:

        I did- and the economist there mirrored what my Welsh economist friends are saying and I would say the majority of my (mostly) former business colleagues. With a bit of self research the stats were lining us as such months ago. No fan of Doughty but I am a fan of facts and truth.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Typical. Those who voted to leave are regarded as ignorant and mislead. Where as those who voted to remain are fully versed in all aspects. Take your prejudice else where.

      • Chris David says:

        You are a bit of an ignoramus aren’t you “Mr Evans”. You’ve missed entirely the misuse of your word “prejudice” and so miss the irony of your tedious ramble. Indeed Mr Sarchus you plagiarising antediluvian 🙂

    • Andrew sarchus says:

      So you’re a fan of facts and the truth eh? This ain’t the place for you then!

  4. JohnP says:

    In the interests of fairness and balance may I point out that the majority of voters in Mr Doughty’s constituency voted to remain in the EU

  5. Peter Church says:

    Stephen Doughty is a one man self publicity machine.
    If there is a cause that’s not related to Penarth, then our man Stephen will manage to get himself involved.
    Ask him anything about local issues and he’ll say, WAG, Vale Council, Town Council….nothings to do with me mate, I only takes the salarys like!

  6. The Dietitian says:

    Tubby Doughty is a hypocrite, voted for the Brexit referendum but voted against Article 50 & now to stay in the Single Market. The mans a Joke! Someone buy him a clown outfit. #brexit #makepenarthgreatagain

  7. Matthew says:

    He would vote for anything to get some media attention!

  8. penarthblog says:

    I could never vote for him or the Labour Party and I’ve told him so face to face, but I do admire his stance on the EU.

  9. hopenotnasty says:

    We must not forget that Cardiff south and Penarth voted remain. He is actually representing the majority of his constituents views. However he and 48 other Labour MP’s are not following Labour Party policy which is to withdraw from the single market but negotiate a new similar deal for when we leave.

    • penarthblog says:

      Unfortunately staying in the internal market after leaving the EU will not be possible.

    • Mark Foster says:

      The majority of his constituents are immigrants who were imported into the UK by Peter Mandelson and Tony Blair for the express purpose of corrupting the British democratic process, keeping the Labour Party in power and destroying British nationalism. These immigrants have no democratic legitimacy and the monarch should ban them from voting. Mandelson admitted that they sent out search parties for them, verbatim.

      • Betty Swallocks says:

        Are you the little man who sits in a control panel in the head, pulling levers to make the limbs move?

  10. penarthblog says:

    I’d love to live in the fantasy world you live in, rather comical. I don’t suppose you have authoritive proof of your claims.

    • Betty Swallocks says:

      You don’t need proof to make up ‘truth’.

      • Philip Rapier says:

        According to former Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw this is what did happen.
        (BBC 13 Nov 2013)
        “Having no restrictions on eastern European migrants in 2004 was a “spectacular mistake”, former Labour home secretary Jack Straw has said.
        The Labour MP said handing immediate working rights to Poles and others when they joined the EU nine years ago was a “well-intentioned policy we messed up”.
        Labour relied on research suggesting 13,000 migrants a year would arrive.
        But the influx was much larger than expected and contributed to net migration rising above 200,000 a year.Unlike France and Germany, which did not give migrants from the ten countries which joined the EU in May 2004 full access to their labour market until 2011, the then Labour government did not insist on any transitional controls.”

      • penarthblog says:

        Yes I do, authoritive, documented proof. Anyone can say anything about anything and unless such things are challenged, lies can turn into perceived truths as what happened during the referendum. People like you are dangerous.

      • Betty Swallocks says:

        Penarthblog – I’m glad you agree with me. Perhaps you didn’t notice the word ‘truth’ in inverted commas, which refers to Mark Foster’s very fragile grasp of reality, and a need for objective appraisal of evidence?
        People who subvert this process are dangerous. It pays to read more carefully before you comment.

  11. Chris David says:

    Indeed B Swallocks- tell that to ‘Frank Evans’ who’d struggle with Janet and John. But on topic, it’s looking like article 50 could be triggered with no concrete deal. There even appears to be an assumption the EU will just accept our remaining in the said single market and customs regime without discussion /negotiation.. Hmmm- maybe bung em a Billion.

  12. Mark Foster says:

    As Jesus Christ said, the Truth will set you Free.

    You tell me what is the purpose of the democratic parties’ mass immigration strategies into the UK, the USA and Europe if it is not:

    1. To improve the material (not spiritual) well being of people of the third world.
    2. To provide a source of cheap labour for globalists and the elite of Western societies
    3. As a quid pro quo to satisfy the demands of the people who fund the democratic political parties.
    4. To protect classes and minorities whom indigenous people would revolt against because of their behaviour.
    5. To destroy the national spirit in countries and create multicultural masses which are more easily manipulated – in simple terms to divide and rule. The Welsh Assembly is an example.

    The consequence is of course the further impoverishment of the poor in these countries and the destruction of our cultures. Typical examples are a Muslim mayor running the East End of London, the ethnic cleansing of inner city suburbs like Grangetown, Roath and Splott and for you the need to build 10000 houses in the South Wales coastal fringe of Cosmeston and Sully and DESTROY THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIVING THERE. Another consequence is for example crime and the rape of thousands of innocent darling young girls in the North of England.

    The revolt has not taken place yet because the elites control the main propaganda machines of the BBC and the mainstream media. They use the same propaganda techniques to achieve their objectives that were clearly documented by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf.

    Donald Trump understands all this. Whether he can defeat the UK propaganda machine is another question. Perhaps PDN could offer to join up with him and Prince Edward to supplement his Twitter feeds.

    • Mark Foster says:

      Err thats Prince William.

    • Woowoo Wizzywoo says:

      This is so full of logical absurdities, fallacies and half-truths that it could only be a deliberate spoof. The clue at the beginning was the quote from the fictional character Jesus Christ, but he managed to bring in Adolf Hitler, Donald Trump and Prince William for full measure.
      This news blog is about Penarth. People like Mark Foster would love to hijack the local, topical stories to promote their own, ill-considered, half-baked, half-cranked ideas. Really, Mark, get some help. Switch off Youtube and seek counselling.

    • penarthblog says:

      You see immigration and migration as a problem as do others like you. I see it as an opportunity to develop wealth and expand our culture and through taxation to pay for the public services we all use and love.

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