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Stephen Doughty likes to resign on television but doesn't like some Twitter followers

Stephen Doughty likes to resign on television but doesn’t like some Twitter followers

An extraordinary public row erupted when a Welsh MP accused a voter of being “offensive” while she hit back and said he should be ‘ashamed’, The Eye can reveal.

Stephen Doughty, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, told her on Twitter she should not expect him to keep quiet about it, and his critic on the social media site said she would be writing to him in private.

Mr Doughty says his ‘integrity’ and ‘fitness for office’ have been questioned.

In another Tweet he attacked a different voter by saying “I wouldn’t expect any less from a former Militant supporter spreading nonsense”.

The astonishing row broke out after Mr Doughty Tweeted an article about Sadiq Khan backing the Pontypridd MP Owen Smith for leader of the Labour party, and proclaimed it was “great to see”.

A keen user of social media, he has long been a vocal opponent of present party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Doughty tweet

Did Laura and Stephen have a deal?

Did Laura and Stephen have a deal?

In January he announced his resignation as shadow Foreign Office minister live on BBC TV’s The Daily Politics.

He attacked the behaviour of “some of those around him (Jeremy Corbyn) and on his team” and was particularly critical of the way shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden was sacked in a reshuffle.

But the BBC came under fire over a pre-arranged ‘deal’ for Mr Doughty to resign on air because of the increased drama.

A blog post for the corporation’s Journalism Academy, which was deleted afterwards, revealed how Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg had “sealed the deal”.

Critics alleged this showed a ‘right wing bias’ in the BBC and accused them of “engineering the news”.

Mr Doughty, who is a Labour/Co-operative MP, is not known as a party rebel, although he has voted against most of his colleagues in the past.

Stephen Doughty and his leader do not always see eye to eye

Stephen and his leader do not always see eye to eye

He has, for example, consistently voted for fixed periods between parliamentary elections, while most in the party generally voted against.

He has also made his views very clear in the present row.

Let us hope he has not offended anyone.

Tomorrow on The Eye more revelations about troubled Welsh university.