In what is being seen as a clear snub to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Stephen Doughty, the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth has now added his name to the list of Labour MPs who are supporting Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats following the Salisbury nerve agent attack .
It is by no means the first time Doughty has delivered a snub to the leader of the Labour Party but indicates what may be the most serious rift yet in the Labour Party.
However Doughty’s decision will come as unwelcome news to the “progressive” voters in his constituency who may have been under the misconception that a vote for Doughty in the last General Election was a vote to put Corbyn in 10 Downing St.
Doughty was somewhat tardy in appending his name to the list of Labour MPs who have signed the pro-May motion . The first 19 to do so were Rushanara Ali, Ben Bradshaw, Ruth Cadbury, Ann Clwyd, Ann Coffey, Neil Coyle, Mary Creagh, Geraint Davies, Louise Ellman, Mike Gapes, Helen Hayes, Rupa Huq, Darren Jones, David Lammy, Chris Leslie, Pat McFadden, Catherine McKinnell, Albert Owen and Tulip Siddiq.
Yesterday Steven Doughty was to be seen in a huddle in the Commons with long-term Corbyn critic and former Labour Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna – in which Umunna was covering his mouth to avoid what he was saying being decoded by lip-readers
Chuka Umunna has laid into Corbyn’s hard-left senior aide Seumas Milne. Milne – who has been photographed Vladimir Putin – had attempted to defend Corbyn after his dismal showing the House of Commons on Monday and again yesterday.
Milne had said that “Jeremy ” had been “proved to make the right call time and time again”. Umunna however was not prepared to put up with any of Milne’s nonsense and said : “Mr Milne’s comments do not represent the views of the majority of our voters, members or MPs”. It’s now also clear that the Labour Shadow Defence Secretary, Nia Griffith, is also backing Mrs May’s approach and not Corbyn’s.
Meanwhile the Labour First Minister of Wales – Carwyn Jones – has unexpectedly rallied to Jeremy Corbyn’s side, – saying that the Labour leader has been “unfairly maligned”.
The First Minister said “I think Jeremy Corbyn, in fairness, has been unfairly maligned.He condemned what had happened very strongly I thought.You heard me say yesterday that I thought that the response from the prime minister is proportionate and robust and it has my support.”