Shadow foreign minister Stephen Doughty quit live on the Daily Politics show
Shadow Foreign Office minister Stephen Doughty is the latest MP to resign from the front bench in the wake of the Labour cabinet reshuffle. The MP for Cardiff and Penarth announced the decision live on the BBC's Daily Politics programme due to the "lies" being told by the party following the so-called "revenge reshuffle".
As well as disagreeing with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on issues such as defence, foreign policy and national security,
Doughty spoke out about the sacking on European spokesman Pat McFadden apparently over his comments regarding terrorism.
Read his resignation letter in full:
Our party has always been a broad church, and despite my principled differences with you over many issues of defence, foreign policy and national security, I agreed to serve on your front bench because of the mandate you were given, the assurances that honesty and difference were welcomed, and due to the many areas we agreed wholeheartedly on such as fighting the vicious Tory trade union bill - which I was proud to lead our work on - cuts to tax credits and tackling climate change.
I was therefore dismayed that two of our most able and experienced colleagues have been sacked for speaking out in the straight talking and honest way that I believe the public expect and want from their representatives - let alone when it comes to matters of national security. I agree entirely with the words Pat McFadden used in denouncing terrorism and the false narrative that the West is to blame, and so I believe the only honourable thing for me to do, when a fellow team member has been singled out for punishment for speaking with honesty and principle on this critical issue, is to leave the front bench.
You and your team will continue to enjoy my full support from the back-benches in taking on this uncaring and brutal Tory government - but we need to urgently recognise and re-affirm as a Labour Party that the national security and defence of our country in such a volatile world, is a red line and a matter that should and must transcend party politics, let alone the internal machinations of our own party or personal score-settling.
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