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Livingstone to co-chair Trident review

Ken Livingstone to co-chair Labour's Trident review



   
   

       
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    18 November 2015


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                    Ken Livingstone will co-chair the review with shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle
               

           

Ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has been given a formal role in creating Labour's defence policy - including its position on Trident.

Mr Livingstone will co-chair the party's policy review alongside shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle.

The pair have opposing views on renewing the nuclear deterrent, with Mr Livingstone, like Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a long-standing opponent.

Labour said Mr Livingstone was now a "co-convener" on its policy commission.

A party source said Ms Eagle and Mr Livingstone - the former Labour MP for Brent East - would oversee the policy review, but stressed Labour policy would be decided by its National Policy Forum.

One key issue to be reviewed is the party's position on the renewal of Trident - a sea-based nuclear weapons system acquired by the Thatcher government in the early 1980s.

What is the debate over Trident?

Corbyn backlash over views on shoot-to-kill

                                                                                                   

A £20bn like-for-like replacement of Trident was agreed by the last Labour government and its renewal has been supported by the party since.

However, Mr Corbyn - a long-standing opponent of nuclear weapons - opposes Trident, saying the party's official position on its renewal will form part of the defence review.

The government is due to decide whether to renew Trident in 2016.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Faslane is home to the Trident nuclear submarine fleet
               

           

Mr Corbyn has previously admitted that large numbers of Labour MPs favour the like-for-like replacement.

However, he has said he hopes to win them over to his view before a key Commons vote over the coming months.

Shoot-to-kill row

Ms Eagle - who supports renewal of Trident - is understood to be in charge of the shadow strategic defence and security review (SDSR).

She has previously criticised Mr Corbyn for saying he would never press the nuclear button.

Mr Livingstone's appointment comes as Labour MP have already expressed anger at Mr Corbyn over his interventions following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Mr Corbyn told the BBC on Monday he was "not happy" with police operating a shoot-to-kill policy in the event of a terrorist attack in the UK.

His comments led to criticism from some of his own MPs.

Mr Corbyn later said that "any kind of shoot-to-kill policy" posed "clear dangers to us all", but that he supported the use of "whatever proportionate and strictly necessary force is required to save life".


                                                                                               

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