The controversy centers around a blog post, since deleted, in which it was claimed BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg “sealed the deal” to get Doughty to resign on air.
The post, written by BBC producer Andrew Alexander, is alleged to have said: “Just before 9am we learned from Laura Kuenssberg, who comes on the program 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?”
The proposition was then put to Kuenssberg, who though it a “great idea.”
“Within the hour we heard that Laura had sealed the deal,” Alexander wrote, adding, “we knew his resignation just before PMQs would be a dramatic moment with big political impact.”
This led to accusations that the BBC team, not Doughty, made the choice to air the resignation minutes before PMQs.