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Ken Livingstone to co-chair Labour's Trident review

Ken Livingstone at a rally in Camden, central London. Credit: PA

One of Jeremy Corbyn's closest allies has been put in joint charge of a review to help decide Labour's position on the Trident nuclear deterrent.

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, a long-time opponent of nuclear arms, is to co-convene the party's policy commission on defence issues alongside shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle.


Scottish Labour back call for scrapping Trident

The call for the UK's Trident nuclear missile system to be scrapped has been backed by Scottish Labour members.

Scottish Labour back call for scrapping Trident . Credit: PA

Trident was debated by delegates in a motion opposing renewal at the party's conference in Perth, with trade unions, MSPs and other members split over the controversial issue.

The vote puts Scottish Labour at odds with the UK party, whose position continues to be to support the continuation of Trident, although UK leader Jeremy Corbyn is firmly against nuclear weapons.


Anti-nuclear activists join London austerity protest

Anti-nuclear activists are among those taking part in a major demonstration in central London today. Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said mass mobilisation was key to persuading the new Government not to renew the Trident nuclear weapons.

Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, meanwhile said: "I will be marching because I am fed up with all the main parties saying they are going to promote austerity. They have made the rich richer and the poor poorer and they're going to continue."

Nimrod axe created 'intelligence risk' to Trident subs

The flight deck of an RAF Nimrod. Credit: PA

Russian submarines are likely to have gained "valuable intelligence" on the UK's nuclear deterrent since the scrapping of the Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft, key RAF figures have warned.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, five retired senior officers warned that Britain's lack of submarine hunting aircraft has given the chance for "intruders" to snoop in territorial waters and potentially track Trident missile carrying Vanguard-class nuclear submarines.

The officers said:

Without maritime patrol aircraft surveillance, opportunities for intelligence-gathering by such 'intruders' can only prejudice the security and effectiveness of our strategic deterrent.

Indeed, it would be surprising if valuable intelligence had not already been acquired by the Russian Navy since the Nimrod force was grounded in March 2010.

– Letter to the Daily Telegraph

MPs to debate safety of Trident nuclear submarines

The 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard Credit: PA Wire

The safety of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons is to be discussed in Parliament today, after the SNP secured a debate slot.

The party wants to press UK government on recent claims made by a whistleblower concerning the state of the weapons programme.

Able Seaman William McNeilly, 25, caused a manhunt after he published an 18-page report online containing a series of allegations about nuclear submarines based at Faslane, which he called a "disaster waiting to happen".

Alex Salmond, the party's foreign affairs spokesman, said: "Trident is a key issue for people in Scotland. It is bad enough that Scotland is forced to house these weapons of mass destruction but these alleged breaches of security are deeply worrying - there must be absolutely no complacency."

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