NEW computer generated images of what Barrow-built Successor submarines may look like have been released by MoD chiefs.

The pictures came as the defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, is today visiting BAE Systems to officially mark the start of work on the boats.

He used the government's commitment to replacing the UK's continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent as political collateral yesterday, as the Conservative Party conference continued.

Sir Michael told delegates: "Tomorrow I will go from here to Barrow to cut steel on the first new Successor Trident submarine - a billion pound investment programme that will benefit businesses from Barrow to Berkshire, from the north of Scotland to Tyneside.

"And what a contrast with the Labour Party - while we're getting on with the Successor programme, they can't even agree on a successor to Jeremy Corbyn."

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Trident provided one of the main bust-ups at last week's Labour conference, when shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis's speech was rewritten to remove a statement that Labour would not ditch its policy of supporting renewal.

Aides later confirmed that Mr Corbyn remains personally committed to unilateral disarmament.

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For Labour, Mr Lewis said: "Michael Fallon's speech was a smokescreen, designed to deflect from the Tories' legacy of failure on defence.

"The reality is their devastating cuts since 2010 have weakened and demoralised our armed forces, leaving them poorly-equipped, over-stretched, under-paid and too often living in squalid conditions.

"The Tory obsession with cost-cutting means they are not even using British steel to build our ships and vehicles."

Renewal of the continuous at-sea deterrent is predicted to cost £31bn, with a £10bn contingency fund also set aside.