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Falklands' visit early next year for Shadow Foreign minister Stephen Doughty

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 07:14 UTC
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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. Read full article


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  • falklandlad

    Continuance of Labour's policy is reassuring. Lets hope that remains so.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 10:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The Labour party are even more unstable with 'policy' than Camoron and co.

    I will believe 'it' when I see it. Get rid of Corbyn and the bunch of losers might have people who 'listen' to them.

    They have just about enough sense to realise if the waiver over the Falklands they can kiss goodbye to any little credibility they think they have left.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 11:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2. It's very difficult to assess the labour party on this issue. Corbyn, of course, is not to be trusted. Imagine his idea of “joint administration”. I would expect the first argie move would be to “request” the removal of British forces as peace would be “assured”. The next step would probably be the arrival of a “token” 5,000 argie troops. Then, argies would be “permitted” to buy land. And occupy it. How long before argies outnumbered the Islanders? Retain the “democracy”. We all know what argie “democracy” is worth. As Simon Weston has said, it amounts to surrender. We all need to remember the price that the Falkland Islands and Britain have paid. 3 Falkland Islanders died due to argie war crimes. 255 British troops gave their lives. Has to be the equivalent of a mortgage for 260 years.

    Besides, the Falkland Islands have recognised the importance of explaining their position and rights. I doubt that a British political party planning to surrender the Islands to argieland could expect to be elected. It couldn't survive anyway.

    @1. But don't rely on Corbyn or Labour. If you're lucky, Corbyn might, eventually, make it into the 80s. But, since he didn't want to fight for your Islands, make it 1980/81. He would have left you under the argie boot. The Labour Party is big on giving things away. It gave away British control of our own borders. It gave away all our money. Lots of it to the scrounging underclass that most countries are stuck with. Crime or benefits? Forgetting that you can catch criminals. But benefits are just a conspiracy to relieve those that work and pay taxes of their money. Fifteen years after the Falklands War, the Labour Party set out to try to make sure we couldn't fight for your freedom again. Here's Corbyn Read carefully. Who could trust such and individual? According to Kirchner, Corbyn is “great friend of Latin America”. Is that what you want?

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 02:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GALlamosa

    Labour have been absolutely solid on the Falkland Islands for many years, including the Robin Cook era and the rest of the Blair Government, Corbyn has been the only dissident voice. Hilary Benn confirmed at the Party Conference that the policy of supporting self-determination remains in place.

    Don't let RG's make you think Corbyn matters - he doesn't.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Conqueror - Actually post 1982, consecutive Labour Govts have been 100% Rock Solid over the Falklands and have always ring-fenced the Falklands Garrison during UK Treasury defence reviews. One should also remember it was a Labour Govt in 1976/77 who despatched RN ships to the South Atlantic during a time of threats from Argentina- and then got the Brazilians to tell them the RN was at sea- result - the Argentine, s backed down then.
    Yes Labour today have a loony leader - but I am confident he will be kept/put in place by the majority of Labour MPs who did not vote for him and who do not want to loose their seats in 4.5 years time.

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 01:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    If the labour party go into the next election with Corbyn as leader, I will be be very surprised indeed. I doubt he will survive half the parliament.

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 08:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Corbyn is a joke, even worse than Chalkie, Light Bulb or Foot. Labour is now unelectable. The boundary changes and poison dwarfs north of the border have consigned Labour to the dustbin of history for the time being. That means the FI are totally safe.

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 04:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    unmanned Platforms & the Royal Navy – Part 2 Surface & Underwater Systems
    For most navies including the RN, the trend is towards building bigger, more powerful and expensive ‘small combatants’.
    Unmanned technology offers new possibilities to partially escape this size, cost and complexity spiral. It also can save exposing the crew to danger as well as the cost and size penalty of their accommodation space.
    These may well be seen down south in the future.

    As for labour,
    We all have opinions, but some slight truths may well help,
    Labour did not send the military south because they loved the islanders, neither did the cons,

    I think it was because they were morally and duty bound to do so,
    Please tell me if im wrong here,,,,,,

    Both parties from the late 1960s cut the forces, both parties closed bases, airfields and army ranks,
    Both at some time have tried to barter of the BOTs,

    It would have been total disaster had we lost them,
    We had been caught out, but alas we never learn,

    And no doubt it will happen again, maybe not the Falkland’s, it could well be another BOT or elsewhere,

    Time will tell,

    Either way, as long as the islanders wish to remain British, and we British are able to defend you, we will,
    But please, [politicians ]
    they would sell their grandmother for a song,
    Again just my opinion.

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 08:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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