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Trident will not be renewed this parliament

October 20, 2010 6:00 AM
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Trident - out of date, unnecessary and hugely expensive weapons

On Tuesday the Coalition Government announced that there will be no final decision on the like-for-like replacement of Trident during this parliament. So Trident will not be renewed this parliament - not on a Liberal Democrat watch. The Liberal Democrats have long argued that Trident is an out of date, unnecessary and hugely expensive weapons system that the UK has no need of in modern times. In this period of fiscal constraint it is also a luxury we can ill afford. Nick Clegg was right to argue powerfully against Trident renewal during the Leader's Debates. The Liberal Democrats were right to stand in contrast to both the Conservatives and Labour on this issue.

Party President Baroness Ros Scott said, "Let us be clear, this is a significant victory for Liberal Democrat campaigners and a fantastic example of what Liberal Democrat Ministers can and do achieve in government. But the Coalition Government is not just saying "no" to replacing Trident this parliament. It is going further. It is also taking important steps towards the goal of multilateral nuclear disarmament. The announcement today sees a 25% cut in warheads. Today is yet another day that we can all feel hugely proud to be a party of government, delivering key Liberal Democrat priorities."

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Menzies Campbell said: "It is clear that Liberal Democrat views have prevailed. Extending the life of the existing Trident fleet will not only save money in the short term; it will allow the opportunity to keep nuclear policy under review, to explore the possibilities of co-operation with the French, and even to consider other alternatives to like for like replacement of Trident."