Stars back call to scrap Trident nuclear deterrent

Dame Vivienne Westwood, Frankie Boyle, and Massive Attack are among leading figures in music, the arts and science calling for the UK to scrap its nuclear deterrent.

Nobel prize winner Professor Peter Higgs, former Royal Society president Sir Michael Atiyah and US linguist Noam Chomsky also put their names to a letter published in the Observer suggesting Britain should "move on from Trident".

HMS Victorious, the second Vanguard-class submarine of the Royal Navy, which carries the Trident ballistic missile Credit: Reuters

Launched by political group Compass, the letter claims polling data suggested nuclear disarmament is a "majority popular demand" across the country.

Last week, Labour leader Ed Miliband reacted angrily after Conservative Defence Secretary Michael Fallon claimed that he would "stab the United Kingdom in the back" over the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent to secure a post-election deal with the Scottish National Party.