Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said on the final day of his party’s conference that “he would not be willing to press the nuclear button.”
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Corbyn said that Trident, the UK’s nuclear defence, should not be renewed.
“We are not in the era of the Cold War anymore. It finished a long time ago.”
The Labour leader has long voiced his concerns over the UK’s nuclear armament,
“There are five declared nuclear weapon states in the world. There are three others that have nuclear weapons. That is eight countries out of 192 … So 187 countries don’t feel the need to have a nuclear weapon to protect their security. Why should those five need it themselves?”
Spending “£100bn” on replacing Trident was misguided, he said, arguing that many in the military wanted the money to be spent on more “conventional” equipment and forces.
He went on to say that the money could be used to protect the “high-skilled jobs” that make the Trident weaponry and vessels.
Simon Pia, former media spokesman for the Labour party, gave his opinions on the new Labour leader.