Labour MP Stephen Doughty faces new probe over Valium allegations

Labour MP Stephen Doughty received favourable treatment from police when they dropped probe into how he obtained Class C drug Valium from vulnerable constituent, watchdog rules

  • Stephen Doughty, 42, admitted asking a constituent Byron Long for Valium 
  • Mr Long, 63, received a police caution after handing himself in to police 
  • He complained to Parliamentary and police watchdogs over the MP’s conduct
  • South Wales Police are to look into their decision making processes in the case 

Police have reopened a case involving a Labour MP who obtained some valium from a vulnerable constituent ahead of a flight.   

Stephen Doughty, 42, admitted asking a constituent, Byron Long, 63, for the prescription-only medicine on July 19, 2019. 

Mr Long received a police caution after he admitted supplying the medication to Mr Doughty. 

South Wales Police decided against questioning Mr Doughty over having possession of the drug without an appropriate prescription which carries a maximum jail term of two years. 

South Wales Police has announced it is relooking at a case involving Labour MP Stephen Doughty, pictured here in Parliament on Tuesday. The Labour shadow cabinet member admitted to Mail on Sunday that he had received some Valium from a constituent ahead of a planned flight

Mr Doughty, left, and Byron Long, right, were firm friends of several years until they fell out. Mr Long said it was unfair that he received a police caution while Mr Doughty was not sanctioned 

Mr Doughty was later investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, who also found he had no case to answer despite having made a ‘serious error in judgement’. 

However, Mr Long claims he gave the Cardiff South and Penarth MP Valium on about 20 occasions between 2017 and 2019 amounting to 140 tablets. 

Mr Doughty denies he received that amount. 

The MP was approached last year by the Mail on Sunday about the allegations. Mr Doughty apologised claiming he suffered panic attacks ahead of going on international flights. 

He also said that he has suffered mental health issues for the past 12 years. 

After South Wales Police failed to investigate Mr Doughty, Mr Long lodged an appeal with the Independent Office of Police Complaint. 

Mr Long told The Times: ‘Stephen was quite open about his mental health and he was aware that I was on diazepam… and then it sort of popped up did I have any spare diazepam and it went from there and became more regular.’ 

Mr Doughty, right, is a rising star in Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet 

He said it was unfair that he received a police caution while Mr Doughty did not. 

He added: ‘It makes me feel worthless. It just shows the disparity between the politicians and the person on the street. They just wanted me to shut up and go away’. 

The IOPC told MailOnline: ‘We can confirm that we have partly upheld a review over the handling of a complaint by South Wales Police.

‘We have decided that a further investigation by the force into aspects of the complaint is necessary, including addressing a difference in outcomes for the individuals involved. 

‘While we have advised that South Wales Police should review its decision-making process, we cannot and have not asked the force to conduct a criminal investigation.’

Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales Police told MailOnline: ‘Stephen Doughty’s father has been a friend and colleague over many years. 

‘Stephen was selected by members of the local Labour party, not by me, and elected by the constituents of Cardiff South and Penarth. 

‘I can say categorically that I have had no involvement whatsoever in the police handling of the case.’

South Wales Police added: ‘The matter has been referred back to South Wales Police and while it is ongoing it would inappropriate to comment further at this time.’

MailOnline has approached Mr Doughty and the Labour Party for a comment.  

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