Labour Party commits to BAE Systems Barrow built Trident sucessor
Last updated at 16:19, Thursday, 17 October 2013
THE new shadow defence secretary has reaffirmed Labour’s commitment to commissioning Successor at Barrow shipyard should the party win the next general election.
Vernon Coaker replaced Jim Murphy in the shadow cabinet reshuffle last week and said he made Barrow his first visit to show the party remained committed to a new nuclear deterrent. He toured BAE Systems in Barrow yesterday.
Successor refers to the replacement of the existing four Barrow-built nuclear-armed Trident submarines. The programme would represent enormous job security in Barrow shipyard – where there are already 1,000 people working on the Successor programme – and for the wider supply chain.
Much political debate has centred on how many submarines would be involved. But Mr Coaker refused to be drawn on whether it would be three or four.
He said: “I think the important thing is we’re maintaining our commitment to an independent, nuclear deterrent. We believe that should be a continuous at-sea deterrent and the Main Gate decision for that will be made in 2016. The workers and management I’ve spoken to here today are reassured by that.
“It’s about what the evidence suggests and clearly the alternative review set out a case whereby four looked to be the appropriate number; we’ll act on the evidence for that. But there was also a case in there for three. We need to look at the evidence for that. But what we’re clear about is we need that continuous at-sea deterrent.”
Mr Woodcock said: “It’s so important the new shadow defence secretary chose Barrow over all the places in the UK to come first. The clear signal he’s given is Labour will continue with the programme we started in government – to maintain the continuous at-sea deterrent by replacing the Vanguard submarines. But it’s really good to hear it on his first outing.”
First published at 16:11, Thursday, 17 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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This is good news for the majority of the local community and surrounding areas that desperatly rely on these orders for the their families and the future
This kind of stuff plays well in front of a partisan crowd in a company town like Barrow, but I suspect Vernon Coaker and Labour may regret nailing their colours to the mast when it comes to the wider public. there's little appetite in most UK cities for spending vast sums of money on new nuclear weapons when we're finding it hard to afford basic public services.
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