Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Labour favours trident renewal

The Trident issue has been put to bed. Yesterday I heard Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary confirm the party leadership agrees with Labour's current and long-standing position to renew Trident. This position was reaffirmed by conference last year and is now resolved. Labour favours trident renewal.

This really matters because there are people in high-skilled in Plymouth who are dependent on Trident submarines for their jobs. HMS Vanguard, one of the current subs, is being refitted in Devonport at the moment. Trident means jobs in Plymouth and that's why I have been so clear in supporting renewal.

I fought the general election on a platform of putting Plymouth First and I'm glad that Clive Lewis and the Labour leadership have backed the case being made by Plymouth Labour that Trident needs to be renewed and jobs secured in Devonport. City before party every time.

With the Trident issue resolved in Labour we now need to focus our efforts on securing the future of the Royal Marines in Stonehouse and stopping further cuts to the Royal Navy, Army and RAF. We also need the government to stop dragging its heels on sorting out a proper programme to recycle the old submarines currently in dock at Devonport.

I know there are strong views on Trident on both sides of the argument. I respect those who don't necessarily agree with me and I would like to see a world without nuclear weapons. Disarmament needs to be multi-lateral not unilateral. That means working with our partners abroad to do this together. I'm pleased that Labour's position on this subject has now been resolved.

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