The amount foreign secretary was wrong to suggest Labour might drop its allegiance to Trident, amount defence secretary Nia Griffith has said. Frontbencher Emily Thornberry suggested support for the core weapons system was an actor to a defence review, should Labour win power.
Ms Griffith said the issue was “already settled”. Labour’s John Woodcock said steel had been cut for new submarines. The Conservatives say Labour would put the UK’s security “at risk”.
Labour’s allegation – launched on Tuesday – included support for the core weapons system.
The Commons applauded the accommodation of Trident in 2016, by 472 votes to 117, approving the anatomy of four alternate submarines. Labour was split over the issue, with 140 of its 230 MPs going against leader Jeremy Corbyn and affirmation the motion.
When asked to the addict that it would remain as Labour arrangement after a defence review, she added: “Well no, of course not, if you are going to have a review, you have to have a review.” Emily Thornberry, She said the party was “fully committed” to having a core alarming and that the defence pairing would look at how a Labour government would spend money. “What it is not about is actually challenge whether we would have a Trident core alarming because we acquitted that after year,” she added.
Asked if Ms Thornberry was wrong, Ms Griffith went on: “Indeed. Last day we looked at it, in particular, at the national arrangement airing and it was decided that we would keep the core deterrent.” Former amount minister John Woodcock, who is standing again in the Barrow and Furness constituency, where the new core submarines are being developed, said Trident’s accommodation had already “passed the point of no return”.
He added: “Where I am now I can look over at Barrow armoury which is employing 9,000 people and has already cut steel on the submarines, so this is going to go ahead.” Mr Woodcock, an amateur of Mr Corbyn’s leadership, said it was “unfortunate” that Ms Thornberry’s comments would amuse from armoury r’s attack on the Conservatives’ manifesto.