Monday, 18 July 2016

This is the Trident Motion I shall be voting in favour of tonight


That this House supports the Government’s assessment in the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review that the UK’s independent minimum credible nuclear deterrent, based on a Continuous at Sea Deterrence posture, will remain essential to the UK's security today as it has for over 60 years, and for as long as the global security situation demands, to deter the most extreme threats to the UK's national security and way of life and that of the UK's allies; supports the decision to take the necessary steps required to maintain the current posture by replacing the current Vanguard Class submarines with four Successor submarines; recognises the importance of this programme to the UK’s defence industrial base and in supporting thousands of highly skilled engineering jobs; notes that the Government will continue to provide annual reports to Parliament on the programme; recognises that the UK remains committed to reducing its overall nuclear weapon stockpile by the mid-2020s; and supports the Government’s commitment to continue work towards a safer and more stable world, pressing for key steps towards multilateral disarmament.


  1. Shame on you for your decision to support the renewal of weapons of mass murder Mr. Opperman. Also for your opportunism to use it as a politcal football.

    Believe it or not, some things are more important than your career.

  2. I'm sure we could find something else to spend £40bn on that would make good use of the highly skilled work-force currently employed in the UK's nuclear weapons sector. I also wonder how Germany manages to maintain it's national security without resorting to the procurement of weapons of mass destruction. History will show that this was not the right decision. Also, the millions who were victim to the Cold War's proxy wars (Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan to name but a few) are testament to fact that nuclear weapons did not maintain peace in the post-partum era.

  3. Mr. Opperman and the other 471 MPs have sent out a message to the rest of the world that, if you want to be safe, you need nuclear weapons. This (apart from being a monumental waste of money) will probably result in proliferation elsewhere.