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Trident Renewal

Part of Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:49 pm on 20th January 2015.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 1:49 pm, 20th January 2015

I will try to deal with this in the same theoretical terms as the right hon. Lady is trying to do. If her argument is that we have moved on from the cold war—it must be noted that at the height of the cold war she, as the head of CND, wanted us unilaterally to disarm—the point is that there can be no guarantee that we will not move back into a cold war or face some other threat. We cannot know what threats will arise over the next 30 to 50 years, which is why we need an array of deterrent weapons.