Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty has become the shadow minister responsible for Africa, South Asia and the Falkland Islands, reports Walesonline. The Labour MP takes on the role at a time when the UK is responding to the migrant crisis in North Africa and tensions have heightened between Britain and Argentina over the future of the Falklands, the Islands which he plans to visit early next year.
Mr Doughty, who won the seat in a 2012 by-election, comes to the role with years of experience in charity campaigning – and he served as an advisor to former International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander. In his new role, he will support Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn.
Mr Doughty is also vice-chair of the Army group in parliament and he hopes the new role will allow him to bring together his interests in “diplomacy, defence and development”.
On the Falklands, he is adamant that Labour will support the Islanders remaining British so long as that is their desire.
He said: “The Labour party has a very clear and unchanged position on the Falklands, which is one of support for Falklanders... Any decision on their future has to be one made by Falkland Islanders.
“I’ve had the privilege of being able to travel to Argentina last year to Patagonia, where of course there are very strong Welsh connections and obviously we discussed the issue while we were there.
“I intend to travel to the Falklands in the early new year... Unfortunately we do see some very unhelpful words, I think, from the Argentinean Government but our position remains unchanged.”