Jamie Reed Copeland MP Backs Trident Renewal

Jamie Reed MP

Copeland MP Jamie Reed

By Rachael Grealish

In the debate for the future of Trident Jamie Reed MP has voted to renew Britain’s independent continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent today, in the Houses of Parliament.

The SNP motion to scrap Trident was overwhelmingly defeated by MPs who voted 330 votes to 64.

Jeremy Corbyn asked Labour MPs to stay away from the debate, but Mr Reed was among the 20 MPs that took part in today’s debate.

Mr Reed said: “In May, I stood and was elected on a manifesto committing the Labour Party to renewing Trident.  This policy is right for Britain, right for our international obligations and, crucially, right for West and South Cumbria.”

During the debate, Mr Reed reiterated his commitment to maintaining Britain’s independent capability.

The deterrent would be carried by submarines that are due to be constructed in Barrow and thousands of jobs in West and South Cumbria are reliant on the renewal of the Trident system.

In the debate he said: ““The expertise amassed over 70 years in Copeland and throughout West and South Cumbria has cemented our place as world leaders in nuclear technology and knowledge.

“It has provided a basis of highly skilled jobs that has set communities up to benefit from vast private sector investment such as new nuclear reactors in my constituency. This position as world leaders has been hard earned through decades of work in the nuclear industry.”

While the SNP called Trident a “political ego trip” during his speech Mr Reed spoke about the principle of maintaining an independent nuclear deterrent and what maintaining an independent deterrent means for Britain’s standing in the world.

In his speech he said: “To vote against the renewal of Trident is to vote to potentially put thousands of people out of work, to waste knowledge and expertise amassed over decades, to neglect our duties to our allies, to potentially diminish Britain’s ability to defend ourselves and to certainly diminish our standing in the world.”

Of the 20 that took part in the debate, Mr Reed was among the 14 to vote to renew Trident.

Mr Reed said: “The nuclear expertise developed in our communities has amassed over decades. These skills make us world leaders in nuclear engineering and maintaining these skills is crucial to the economic well-being of our community.
“As a matter of protecting our nation, as a matter of undertaking our obligations to our international allies and maintaining our standing in the world and as a matter of protecting the economic well being of our community, voting for the renewal of Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent is the right thing to do.”

  • For the full details on Jamie Reed MPs speech in today’s debate visit www.jamiereed.net