14 March 2007 - Voted for the Government motion which called for the renewal of Trident
November 2006 - Replied to Survey i-
"I strongly believe that matters of such national importance should be require the fullest public discussion and ultimate vote in Parliament and am delighted that both the Leader of the House of Commons, Jack Straw, and the Parliament Minister have announced that such a deabate and vote will take place. However, I should also say that the issue of Trident replacement, including the option of simply not, is often fiercly debated within the Parliamentary Labour Party, and will continue to be so until the matter is finally resolved.
"This Labour Government, having halved our total nuclearn capability from the 1970's, is committed to working towards a safer world in which there is no requirement for nuclear weapons and continues to play a full role in international efforts to strengthen arms control and prevent the proliferation of chemical, biological and neclear weapons.
"It is the most fundamental and important principle of a Government to protect its citizens, and to suggest that the only 'principled moral stand against replacing or prolonging the life of Trident' - when the decision will be taken with the principle of national protection in mind - is simly wrong. One cannot and should not dismiss another's stance as 'immoral' simply because they do nto concur with one's own opinion.
"The continuing risk from the proliferation of nuclear weapons and capability, and the certainty that a number of other countiers will retain substantial arsenals while others harbour development desires, means that a minimum, independent nuclear dettent will be likely to remain as a necessary element of our national security. Unfortunately we have not yet met the preconditions whereby full and unconditional disarmament on the part of the UK alone would inevitably lead to a safer world.
"Nevertheless, this should by no means deter us from our ultimate goal of multilateral nuclear disarmament and that is why I will be supporting a controlled reduction in our nuclear capability. I have taken the opportunity to give you a full and frank account of my views on this matter; therefore I would appreciate it, given your intention to publish responses, if you would publish it in full and not misrepresent any of the views contained within by taking any of my comments out of the context it was intended.
"Finally, I look forward to having the debate on which way to best achieve our ultimate goal of multilateral nuclear disarmament, and I will of couse give your views my fullest consideration."