Penarth Labour MP Stephen Doughty using the Syrian conflict to attack the Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council in the Commons yesterday

More than six hours of parliamentary time was taken up in the House of Commons yesterday in questions to the Prime Minister on the weekend’s joint US/ UK and French air raid on Syrian chemical weapons facilities and an emergency debate on its aftermath.

The MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty appeared once again to diverge from the policy of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and gave his tacit support to the Prime Minister’s decision to participate in the weekend air strikes on Syria’s chemical weapons facility.

Doughty even chose to invoke the name of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox in his question to the PM

However in asking a question to the Prime Minister, Doughty decided to use an occasion – when war and peace were uppermost in the minds of MPs – to launch unprecedented attack on the Conservative-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council.

In putting his question to the PM, Doughty said “One of the last discussions I had with our murdered former colleague Jo Cox was on the need to protect civilians in Syria. We cannot fire and forget, but neither can we simply debate and talk and forget. What is the Prime Minister’s comprehensive political, diplomatic and humanitarian strategy—not just one-off military actions—to protect civilians in Syria? Does she agree that councils around the country, including Vale of Glamorgan Council in my constituency, need to do much more to support the resettlement of Syrian refugees under the resettlement programme, which they are currently not doing?”

Prime Minister Theresa May answered not only Stephen Doughty but 139 questions from other MPs in the House of Commons in a three-and-a-quarter-hour session

The Prime Minister replied: ” Certainly. There are two areas in which we will undertake this diplomatic and political process. The first is in relation to the use of chemical weapons, following up within a number of international forums on the military action that has taken place. As I said, there have already been comments coming out of the European Foreign Affairs Council and the Gulf Co-operation Council, and we will be discussing with a number of leaders around the world how we can re-establish the international norm prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. That is one strand of activity we will undertake.”

“The other strand is the full support we will continue to give to the United Nations process in trying to find a solution to what is happening in Syria. We support the work that Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy, is doing in that area. We hope that the Geneva process can be reignited and that we see the parties coming together around the table to find a genuine solution; that means not just all the parties in Syria but actually the backers of the parties in Syria being willing to do that.”

Mrs May answered in all 140 questions from MPs about Syria but didn’t get around the addressing Doughty’s somewhat tenuous allegation about the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

However in a three-hour debate on Syria which followed the session, Doughty – yet again –  alleged the Vale of Glamorgan Council was not doing enough for Syrian refugees. He said “I have mentioned the situation of councils and what they can do. I am disappointed that the efforts being made by Croeso Penarth in my constituency to house Syrian refugees are being frustrated by the local council. I am disappointed to see the very strict rules on family reunion being interpreted in the way they are”.


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  1. Sebastian says:

    How about we stop b0mbing the ME and let Syrians live peacefully in Syria as was the case before the west got involved. The people of the Vale should not have to pay for such insane foreign policy.

    • Ford Prefect says:

      I think it should be pointed out that the situation in Syria has been going on since 2011, long before we got involved.

      • BluesMan says:

        We had a hand in creating the whole Arab Spring situation! The confidential documents published on WikiLeaks in 2010 created extra tension and made it boil over! We then armed rebels and stoked up the situation even more in Syria!

        There is no doubt the whole Syrian War has been made worse by the UK and other western countries.

    • David Day says:

      You perhaps haven’t heard of Islamic fundamentalism and its long-term impact on, and consequences for, the middle east?

    • Philip Rapier says:

      “Ordure Ordure” in the Chamber ?
      Mostly when raising questions with our local MPs and AMs we the Constituents receive the following response .ad nauseum
      “That is a matter for Cardiff Council”
      “That is a matter for the Vale of Glamorgan Council”
      “That is a matter for Penarth Town Council”
      (or more likely in our case the Cowbridge junta- Cabinet)
      When it suits the MP/ AM under cover of Parliamentary Privilege they are provocative and controversial and what are “local decisions”
      This refugee issue is a sensitive and difficult matter for every elected Member of all levels in Cardiff and the Vale and in this they are entitled to respect and do not need this unhelpful interference from Westminster or Cardiff Bay.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Yeah sir back and watch people being gassed.
      Nice chap you are St Sebastian !!

      • Sebastian says:

        @Frank Evans – Syrians living in peace in their homeland without intereference from the the West and their proxys – how awful of me. Go back to your zombie box and nod gleefully at your entrainment.

  2. Ford Prefect says:

    I personally think it is a good thing that Mr Doughty talks about the Vale in parliament. He is our MP, and it makes sense that he relates things back to the place he represents. If he thinks the Vale could do more, he is entitled to say so in parliament, and we are entitled to keep on re-electing him.

    • Name supplied says:

      I can’t believe you said that on here of all places. How dare you have a non biased, sensible opinion

      • Chris David says:

        What a ridiculous thing to say. Another anonymous coward that cant interpret simple English.

  3. Michael says:

    Doughty – how about you work for the people of the VoG as opposed to people who couldn’t point ot it on a map!

    • John Powell says:

      I think he would say that he is – at least the majority of the CSP residents that voted for him.

      • Sebastian says:

        Jane Powell – You do know that Mr Doughty voted in favour of extending bombing from Iraq to Syria i.e the inevitable death of innocent people. What a good egg.

  4. Chris David says:

    Doughty seeks to increase his voter base – one that in part partakes of barbaric processes like Halal and Kosha slaughter which he supports. He’s a grandstander with ambitions way beyond his ability. But then this is traitor Corbyn’s Labour where anything can happen. I’ve even heard Dianne no brain Abbot is lined up for a top job, if ever the present Labour lot get any power. She’ll sort out the very complex Syrian dilemma no problem ha. Now here’s where we need to house a lot of refugees just to show it’s all fair. Kensington, Chelsea, Belgravia. Knightsbridge, Mayfair et al. Oh and Doughty’s gaff. Make it all a bit more positive and show the UK’s real commitment.

  5. Frank Evans says:

    As others have said the hard left Labour leader comrade Corbyn looked like his questions were translated from Russian.
    If you look really hard you could see the puppet master strings attached to his mouth.

  6. Racist Mark (aka Mark Harry Kane) says:

    Forget his sexuality and Russia’s defeat of ISIS in Syria, Doughty needs to concern himself with some issues of real importance to his native Welsh constituents.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Russia Today. Impartial news coverage 🤣

    • John Powell says:

      No one mentioned his sexuality (irrelevant) but I would say he should attend to the NHS in Wales, and the destruction Business Rates are causing here. You look at the football and Russian dollies if you like.

    • Name supplied says:

      No one mentioned his sexuality which has absolutely nothing to do with you, us or anything to do with this story. Get back under your rock Mark

      • Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

        The important article was about Vlad using Sheilas to prevent the Poms winning the World Cup and even though a fan of Cardiff City they obviously could not have used them on Stevie boy. LOL.

  7. Peter Church says:

    I just love the way Doughty never misses an opportunity to get himself on TV
    Yes, invite the whole of Syria over to the Vale so they can vote for the party that seems to hates Israel.

    Mr PDN Editor, do you have any photos of Doughty on an anti Israel march in Cardiff?

  8. The Tax payer says:

    Sorry but he is a TOTAL waste of space.

  9. Peter Church says:

    I think the message has gone out to Labour supporters to find any news site to post on to distract from Carwyn Jones shenanigans today.
    Going to court to stop an Assembly Debate, Welsh labour Democracy in action!!!

    • Tom Perry says:

      Peter Church, your idiocy does so much to encourage people to vote Labour. Keep it up please.

  10. BluesMan says:

    I cant think of a single thing has actually done for Penarth & Cardiff South the issues he seems to raise are never about our area they are always national issue to further his career he isn’t serving his constituents very well.

    The sad thing is most Labour voters will vote for him no matter what he does or doesn’t do, you could stink a chimp up as the candidate and it would still get in!

    • Birkett says:

      I’d definitely vote for a chimp before I voted for a Tory.

      • BluesMan says:

        Haha and that is why we have ended up with the substandard AM’s/MP’S we have before us today!

        In Wales you are voted in based on the colour of your tie rather than your abilities to help the people in your constituency.

      • Chris David says:

        I’ve a pretty good idea you already have Mr Burk-it. You embryos really make me laugh 🙂

      • Peter Church says:

        This about sums up some labour Voters!

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