Corbyn: I'm prepared to live with decision to renew Trident

Jeremy Corbyn has told ITV News he would "live with" Trident "somehow" if Labour voted to renew Britain's nuclear deterrent.

The new Labour leader said he would do his best to persuade his party that the £100 billion-weapons system should be scrapped.

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby questioned whether Mr Corbyn "would be seen as willing to sell out his principles for power, like so many others".

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Union chief warns Corbyn's trident stance may rule him out as PM

GMB General Secretary Paul Kenny Credit: PA

The leader of one of Britain's biggest trade unions has warned Jeremy Corbyn's stance on trident may rule him out as a future prime minister.

Sir Paul Kenny, the general secretary of the GMB, said there was already a "lot of debate" around Mr Corbyn's leadership.

He told Channel 4 News: "Maybe somebody else should be given the (nuclear) button."

Nobody wants their finger on the button. But if we get to that stage, the first and most important priority for this country is the defence of the realm.

You cannot go into any argument with anybody anywhere on the basis that the other guy on the other side of the table knows you ain't going to do nothing. Straightforward.

– Sir Paul

PM: 'Labour can't be trusted with our national security'

David Cameron speaking in Jamaica Credit: ITV News

David Cameron has said Labour cannot be trusted with Britain's national security in response to Jeremy Corbyn's answer on Trident.

When Mr Corbyn was asked if he would ever press the nuclear button if he was Prime Minister, he said: "No."

Well look, the independent nuclear deterrent that we have in Britain is a vital insurance policy for our nation in what is a very dangerous world.

And frankly, the way the Labour Leader has answered that question undermines our deterrent and demonstrates that Labour can't be trusted with our national security which after all is the most important duty of government.

– David Cameron


Labour calls for UN resolution before IS strikes in Syria

Labour MPs were told at their annual party conference not to Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Labour party activists have endorsed an emergency motion calling for a UN resolution to be in place before party members support the expansion of British bombing of Isis targets in Syria.

MPs at the Labour party conference were told "a plan must be in place to deal with refugees in Europe" before a military campaign begins.

The motion, which is not legally binding on party MPs, came as Unite member Ivan Monckton warned of the dangers of "blundering into a new war".

He said: "Now is not the time to blunder into a new war - another illegal war - with untold human casualties, more death, destruction and chaos creating more refugees."

Lord Falconer refuses to say whether Corbyn could be PM

Shadow justice secretary Lord Falconer has failed to endorse Jeremy Corbyn when asked whether the Labour leader could one day be Prime Minister.

Lord Falconer Credit: PA Wire

Lord Falconer said "the process by which somebody grows into the job of prime minister takes time."

Speaking on BBC's Daily Politics, he said: “It seems to me that at the start, people may not look to the nation that that’s the job that they’ll take up, but as time goes on, perceptions change.

"I mean, well, there’s five years before the general election, I think lots could happen, we are fighting for the Labour party for a Labour prime minister and Jeremy’s the Labour party.”

Corbyn responds to Eagle criticism over nuclear comments

Jeremy Corbyn said his views are well known on nuclear weapons in response to criticism that he had "undermined" party policy by saying he would never launch a nuclear strike if he was prime minister.

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: PA Wire

Maria Eagle said the comments were "not helpful" and "undermined" party policy.

Responding to Eagle's comments, Mr Corbyn told reporters: "We will be having a discussion and a debate about nuclear weapons.

"We are going to have discussion and a debate about how we fulfil our obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and we will go forward from there.

"There's no decision required until probably next summer on this. I hold a view which is well known on nuclear weapons and it is a view which I have held all my life."


Abbott 'surprised' at Eagle's criticism of Corbyn

Diane Abbott Credit: PA Wire

Diane Abbott has said she is "surprised" that shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle has criticised Jeremy Corbyn for "making his position clear" on Trident.

Eagle said the comments the Labour leader had made, saying he would never launch a nuclear strike if he was prime minister, were "unhelpful" and "undermined" attempts to get a policy process going.

Maria Eagle criticises Corbyn over nuclear comments

Maria Eagle Credit: PA Wire

Shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle has criticised Jeremy Corbyn for saying he would not launch a nuclear strike if he was prime minister.

The Labour leader, who said he could "obviously" imagine being in Number 10, stressed he has a mandate from party members for his opposition to renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent.

But shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle said the comments were unhelpful and said they "undermined to some degree" the review she is carrying out of the party's defence policy.

Ms Eagle told the BBC that Labour's current policy is in favour of retaining a nuclear deterrent, adding: "I don't think that a potential prime minister answering a question like that, in the way in which he did, is helpful."

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