Barrow MP: ‘Liberal Democrat idea would cost town thousands of submarine building jobs’
Last updated at 16:17, Friday, 20 September 2013
A CROSS-PARTY group of defence experts have labelled plans to downgrade Britain’s Barrow-built nuclear deterrent as a “reckless gamble with the UK’s national security” which would destroy employment in the shipyard.
Barrow MP John Woodcock was among the 15 signatories of a letter published in the national press in response to Liberal Democrat proposals.
The Lib Dems voted at this week’s Coalition conference to build two submarines with unarmed missiles – instead of a full Trident replacement of four fully-armed subs.
In a letter to The Times yesterday, a cross-party group of Britain’s most senior military and defence experts said the proposals were “hare brained” and could result in a pre-emptive strike against the country. Lord Hutton of Furness – the former defence secretary and Barrow MP – was also among the signatories.
Mr Woodcock believes plans to halve the number of Vanguard successor boats – earmarked for construction at BAE Systems in Barrow – could “decimate the UK’s submarine building industry”.
He said: “If the Lib Dems’ ill-judged proposals for a part-time nuclear deterrent were ever embraced, one by-product would be the destruction of thousands of submarine construction jobs at Barrow shipyard.
“Another consequence would be a huge gamble with Britain’s national security in an increasingly volatile world.”
Tim Farron, the South Lakes Lib Dem MP, said: “The debate at our party conference is part of the ongoing national discussion about the future of a nuclear system designed to flatten Moscow.
“But it’s important to remember the nuclear system is different to the submarines that carry them. We need to continue to build submarines in Barrow. Barrow builds submarines, not nuclear warheads.
“I’m proud the Liberal Democrats are leading the way in helping the world reduce the amount of nuclear weapons, but we’ll continue to back Barrow’s skilled workers to build the submarines our Navy needs, both now and in the future.”
First published at 16:13, Friday, 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I wonder what labour would do given the opportunity to form a government with the lib dems - the payment for taking power cancellation of Successor ?!?!?
Keeping "just building Submarines" has reduced the workforce from 12,500 in 1989 to not many now, reducing the workforce by thousands would close the yard, but nowhere else in England would allow nuclear submarines to be built in their town, so it cannot close, and when Scotland gets independence, the submarine maintenance work has go somewhere, and it won't be anywhere near the government, so it will be somewhere on the Cumbrian coast, probably Barrow. The future is bright...
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