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Fallon: Miliband will stab UK in back over Trident

The Conservatives are accusing Ed Miliband of preparing to "stab the United Kingdom in the back", trading away Britain's nuclear deterrent in order to secure power in a backroom deal with the Scottish Nationalists.

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Tories: Miliband will 'stab the UK in the back to be PM'

The Conservative Party has launched a personal attack on Ed Miliband over Britain's nuclear defense in the run-up to next month's general election.

Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the Labour leader "stabbed his brother in the back" over the pair's 2010 leadership contest and would do the same to Britain to get into power.

Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon Credit: PA

In a speech in London today, Mr Fallon will confirm that the Conservatives plan to go ahead with building four new Trident nuclear missile submarines to replace the existing fleet.

Writing about the UK's nuclear deterrent in The Times (£), Mr Fallon said Mr Miliband would abandon the programme if Labour was given the prospect of forming a coalition with the SNP, which opposes renewing Trident.

Mr Fallon said: "Ed Miliband stabbed his own brother in the back to become Labour leader. Now he is willing to stab the United Kingdom in the back to become prime minister."

Nicola Sturgeon could not be clearer.

She has told Ed Miliband that scrapping Trident - our country's vital nuclear deterrent - is a red line she will not cross.

If he wants the keys to Number 10, he must abandon any plans to renew our current Vanguard ballistic missile submarines.

– Michael Fallon

He will also accuse the Scottish Nationalists of having a "childlike world view" over security.

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