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Vote Out Trident - 2010 General Election

Labour Party

"we will maintain our independent nuclear deterrent" - Labour Party Manifesto 2010

The policy of the Labour Government is that the Trident nuclear weapon system should be renewed. March 2007 they pushed through their proposals for the future of British nuclear weapons. This plans to build three or four new submarines to carry Trident nuclear missiles. These submarines would be designed to remain in service until at least 2055. The capital cost of replacing Trident was estimated by the Governent to be between £15 billion and £20 billion. In addition their estimate of annual operating costs was £1.5 billion per year. In February 2010 the Government published a Defence Review Green Paper, for consultation. This says - "we have to begin the process of renewal of the Trident submarine system".

Despite the official party position the following individual Labour Party candidates in Scotland have said they will vote against the replacement of Trident: