Copeland MP urges colleagues to back Trident renewal

Jamie Reed

Jamie Reed

By Rachael Grealish

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has written to all Labour MPs, including members of the Shadow Cabinet and the Leader of the Labour Party, urging them to back the renewal of Britain’s nuclear capabilities.

In his letter to colleagues, the Copeland MP outlines Labour’s key role in creating the UK’s civil nuclear industry and military nuclear deterrent and urges his colleagues to back the parliamentary motion he has tabled.

Mr Reed said: “We, as a nation, cannot expect to play a leading role in the world if we are willing to place the burden of our own national security on the shoulders of our allies.  We should not be willing to sub-contract our security to others.  Labour has a proud history in Government of creating and maintaining our nuclear capabilities and a proud history in working towards multilateral international disarmament.”

Recent polling suggests that as many as 70% of the public are opposed to Britain unilaterally giving up nuclear capabilities.

Within this context, Jamie Reed MP’s motion sets out the principle, practical and economic reasons for renewing Trident:

The full text of Jamie Reed MP’s motion:

That this House supports the renewal of Trident; recognises the UK’s international obligations as a nuclear power within NATO; further recognises that maintaining nuclear capabilities while potentially dangerous nations have or are developing their own nuclear capabilities with the potential to do damage to the UK and UK citizens is essential to national security; acknowledges that it is the responsibility of the Government to protect national security and that this responsibility should not be abdicated to our allies; recognises the economic importance of renewing Trident, especially to those communities where it is planned to be built; and further acknowledges that the most effective and credible route towards international nuclear disarmament is best served by a multilateral approach.

This comes as Jamie Reed MP has made clear that he would stand on a pro-nuclear deterrent, Labour platform in future elections.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the Copeland MP said: “This isn’t just about nuclear weapons, it’s about understanding the challenges of the 21st century, about our global influence, about our ability to project our soft power and about how we see ourselves.”