Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Owen Smith: think again on backingTrident replacement

I just listened to your interview on the Today Programme in which you said  you were both in favour of multilateral nuclear disarmament and in replacing Trident.   
One of the few policies Theresa May made clear in her short Conservative leadership  campaign is that, as Prime Minister, she would immediately replace the Trident nuclear WMDs system (“Theresa May calls for urgent go-ahead on Trident replacement “, 5 July

Meanwhile the current defence secretary Michael Fallon is on the record as stating

" a responsible nuclear weapon state and party to the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) the UK remains committed to creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons.”  ( 

Written Statement made by: Secretary of State for Defence (Michael Fallon) on 20 January 2015) and on Monday this week in the statement to MPs on the NATO summit Fallon repeated:
"We remain, in principle, committed to the search for a world without nuclear weapons."

(NATO Warsaw Summit, 11 July 2016,


On Monday next week, the Government has called a debate and vote on the future of Trident and its replacement. 

Do Labour MPs, including yourself and Angela Eagle as Pro-Trident supporters, want to demonstrate their idea of representing their constituents’ interests next Monday is to vote with new Conservative Prime Minister to commit £205,000,000,000 (£205 billion) of their taxes to a nuclear WMD system which in any case is highly likely to be made illegal when the United Nations General Assembly in New York adopts a motion  in September for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, which has been under negotiation at the UN in Geneva for several months this year? ( 

What an odd way to help the poor, the unemployed, the NHS and to reverse underinvestment in infrastructure voting £205 billion of taxpayers’ money for Trident replacement would be!

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