BBC orchestrated resignation of Labour Shadow minister

The BBC admits it co-ordinated in advance the on-air resignation of Stephen Doughty

BBC in blue
Yesterday, three Labour front-benchers resigned in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s minor reshuffle. One of them – the previously unheard of Stephen Doughty – did so live on the Daily Politics just 5 minutes before the start of Prime Minister’s Questions, giving David Cameron the opportunity to bring it up in the chamber.

Today, the ‘output editor’ for the Daily Politics, wrote a – now taken down – blog on the BBC website’s ‘Academy’ section*, explaining how it all came about. You can read a cached version of the blog here.

Apparently, the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg set it all up. From the blog post:

"Just before 9am we learned from Laura Kuenssberg, who comes on the programme every Wednesday ahead of PMQs, that she was speaking to one junior shadow minister who was considering resigning. I wonder, mused our presenter Andrew Neil, if they would consider doing it live on the show?
"What's that you say? Corbyn might win? We'll see about that old boy."
The question was put to Laura, who thought it was a great idea. Considering it a long shot we carried on the usual work of building the show, and continued speaking to Labour MPs who were confirming reports of a string of shadow ministers considering their positions.
Within the hour we heard that Laura had sealed the deal: the shadow foreign minister Stephen Doughty would resign live in the studio.
Although he himself would probably acknowledge he isn’t a household name, we knew his resignation just before PMQs would be a dramatic moment with big political impact. We took the presenters aside to brief them on the interview while our colleagues on the news desk arranged for a camera crew to film him and Laura arriving in the studio for the TV news packages."
Thanks to alittleecon

The impartial Kuenssberg, in blue.
There is now an increasingly popular petition to sack the BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg:

"On The Daily Politics it appears the producer Andrew Alexander and Laura Kuenssberg conspired to arrange the resignation live on air of Stephen Doughty MP. This appears to have been done for max damage to the Labour leader and to create news, rather than report it. If these individuals did indeed conspire in this manner then they along with Andrew Neil should resign or be sacked. In signing this petition you are asking the BBC to consider their positions. "

Sign it here.

More from the Daily Mail no less:

BBC under fire for orchestrating resignation of shadow minister live on air after now deleted editor's blog revealed how it was stage-managed


Three previously unknown Labour MPs (below) have quit the shadow cabinet and two have been shuffled out.  What do they have in common?  Is it plain speaking?  Courageousness?  No - they are all members of the secretive and Blairite 'Progress' organisation within Labour.

The so called 'Progress' organisation was first set up as a company limited by guarantee in 1994 and the first director was Derek Draper, then a researcher for Peter Mandelson. It publishes no details of any membership and is controlled by the directors of the company. It has never released its register of guarantor members, nor its memorandum and articles of association, nor details of its corporate structure.

It is not easy to find out if an MP is a member of Progress.  You have to wade through their pompous voluble website and read between the lines.  We've tried our best, click these links and judge for yourself:

Stephen Doughty MP (resigned)
Jonathan Reynolds MP (resigned)
Kevan Jones MP (resigned)
Pat McFadden MP (shuffled out)
Michael Dugher MP (shuffled out)

'Progress' has strong support within the Parliamentary Labour Party; amongst Labour members it has virtually none - the 'Progress' candidate in  last years leadership got a tiny 4.5 percent of the votes.

Other prominent members of Progress you might see frequently on the media and BBC are
Simon Danczuk MP

Jess Phillips MP

Stephen Kinnock MP

Labour's List of Shame

Here are all the Labour MP's who defied official party policy on Syria and voted for war:

Adrian Bailey West Bromwich West
Alan Campbell Tynemouth
Alan Johnson Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Alison McGovern Wirral South
Angela Eagle Wallasey
Angela Smith Penistone and Stocksbridge
Ann Coffey Stockport
Anna Turley Redcar
Ben Bradshaw Exeter
Bridget Phillipson Houghton and Sunderland South
Caroline Flint Don Valley
Chris Bryant Rhondda
Chris Leslie Nottingham East
Chuka Umunna Streatham
Colleen Fletcher Coventry North East
Conor McGinn St Helens North
Dan Jarvis Barnsley Central
Emma Reynolds Wolverhampton North East
Frank Field Birkenhead
Gareth Thomas Harrow West
Geoffrey Robinson Coventry North West
George Howarth Knowsley
Gisela Stuart Birmingham
Gloria De Piero Ashfield
Graham Jones Hyndburn
Harriet Harman Camberwell and Peckham
Heidi Alexander Lewisham East
Helen Jones Warrington North
Hilary Benn Leeds Central
Holly Lynch Halifax
Ian Austin Dudley North
Jamie Reed Copeland
Jenny Chapman Darlington
Jim Dowd Lewisham West and Penge
Jim Fitzpatrick Poplar and Limehouse
Joan Ryan Enfield North
John Spellar Warley
John Woodcock Barrow and Furness
Keith Vaz Leicester East
Kevan Jones North Durham
Kevin Barron Rother Valley
Liz Kendall Leicester West
Louise Ellman Liverpool
Luciana Berger Liverpool
Lucy Powell Manchester Central
Margaret Beckett Derby South
Margaret Hodge Barking
Maria Eagle Garston and Halewood
Mary Creagh Wakefield
Michael Dugher Barnsley East
Neil Coyle Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Pat McFadden Wolverhampton South East
Peter Kyle Hove
Phil Wilson Sedgefield
Ruth Smeeth Stoke-on-Trent North
Simon Danczuk Rochdale
Siobhain McDonagh Mitcham and Morden
Stella Creasy Walthamstow
Stephen Doughty Cardiff South and Penarth
Susan Elan Jones Clwyd South
Tom Blenkinsop Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Tom Watson West Bromwich East
Tristram Hunt Stoke-on-Trent Central
Vernon Coaker Gedling
Wayne David Caerphilly
Yvette CooperNormanton


Did my MP vote in favour of airstrikes in Syria?

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Syria - Official Labour Party Policy

You won't find this anywhere in the mainstream news.  Here is the full text of the official Labour Party position on bombing (or not) Syria, as passed at the Party Conference in September 2015:

  1. Clear and unambiguous authorisation for such a bombing campaign from the United Nations;
  2. A comprehensive European Union-wide plan is in place to provide humanitarian assistance to the increased number of refugees that even more widespread bombing can be expected to lead to;
  3. Such bombing is exclusively directed at military targets directly associated with ‘Islamic State’ and is not aimed at securing regime change in Syria, noting that if the bombing campaign advocated by the British government in 2013 had not been blocked by the PLP under Ed Miliband’s leadership,  ‘Islamic State’ forces might now be in control of far more Syrian territory, including Damascus.
  4. Any military action is subordinated to international diplomatic efforts, including the main regional powers, to bring the Syrian civil war to an end, since only a broadly-based and sovereign Syrian government can ultimately retake territory currently controlled by ‘Islamic State’.
So is Labour Party policy to bomb Syria?  Obviously not.  Just for one, the latest UN resolution is certainly not clear and unambiguous. It does not invoke UN Chapter VII article 42 which is the one necessary to authorise war or military action. New!: Further reading.

The resolution actually says action should stay within the UN charter, i.e. 42 needs to be invoked before military action:

"Calls upon Member States that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures, in compliance with international law, in particular with the United Nations Charter"

Meanwhile 2, 3 and 4 of Labour Party policy are clearly not met.

Despite what many of the over paid, rarely accountable,  unrepresentative Parliamentary Labour Party think.