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Doubts on whether UK Labour will back Trident nuclear weapons programme Trident

Jeremy Corbyn does not guarantee the Labour manifesto will back Trident nuclear weapons
Jeremy Corbyn was grilled on pushing the “nuclear button” and killing the leader of ISIS in his first big TV interview of the general election campaign,
Mirror, BYDAN BLOOM 23 APR 2017 

Jeremy Corbyn has thrown Labour’s controversial support for Britain’s nuclear weapons programme Trident into question by failing to guarantee it will be in the party’s manifesto.

The Labour leader swerved the question in a TV interview today by saying the document was still being drawn up.

 Mr Corbyn is a lifelong anti-nuclear campaigner but Labour policy supports the renewal of Trident – for which the government has set aside £41bn and campaigners say will cost £205bn.

That has caused ructions in the 18 months since he became Labour leader and the party split three ways on whether to back renewal last year.  In a testy interview Mr Corbyn also did not guarantee he would push the so-called “nuclear button” to launch a pre-emptive strike.

And he did not guarantee he would authorise a strike to kill ISIS’ leader, instead saying any killing must support a “political solution”.

Pressed on whether killing ISIS’s leader would help that solution, Mr Corbyn said: “I think the leader of ISIS not being around would be helpful and I’m no supporter or defender in any way whatsoever of ISIS.”

But he added the bombing campaign had killed innocent civilians.

Labour later attempted to clarify Mr Corbyn’s remarks in a statement saying: “The decision to renew Trident has been taken and Labour supports that.”

Mr Corbyn clashed with the BBC’s Andrew Marr in his first major broadcast interview of the 2017 general election campaign……..http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/jeremy-corbyn-not-guarantee-labour-10278663

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April 24, 2017 - Posted by | politics, UK

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