Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Corbyn row over Trident - NE Labour MP says he sees nothing wrong in Army expressing their views on Corbyn

General Houghton triggered a row on Sunday when he expressed concern that Mr Corbyn had declared there were no circumstances in which he would press the nuclear button should he become prime minister.
"It would worry me if that thought was translated into power," he told the BBC on Remembrance Sunday. 
"The reason I say this – and it's not based on a personal thing at all – is purely based upon the credibility of deterrence. The whole thing of deterrence rests upon the credibility of its use.” 
"When people say they're never going to use the deterrent, I say you use the deterrent every second of every minute of every day – the purpose of the deterrent is you don't have to use it because you effectively deter."
Yesterday Kevan Jones, MP for Durham North, said he could see “nothing wrong” with Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton’s comments that he would “worry” if Mr Corbyn became the Prime Minister because his stance on Trident would put the country’s defence at risk.
But Mr Jones told The Telegraph: "I see nothing wrong in what he said. I know Nick Houghton and as is typical of a Yorkshireman he gives straight answers to straight questions."
Full story here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11984581/Nothing-wrong-with-defence-chiefs-Trident-comments-says-Labour-shadow-minister.html