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Trident Renewal

Part of Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:27 pm on 20th January 2015.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Secretary of State for Defence 4:27 pm, 20th January 2015

I thank Dr Lewis for the contribution he has made, and often makes, in his speeches on this issue in the House of Commons. I do not mean to question the other parts of his speech, but may I tell him that its last couple of minutes encapsulated what the debate is about in a nutshell?

I do not believe that anybody in the House would not prefer a world without nuclear weapons or would not wish to see the end of nuclear weapons as soon as possible. No matter what party we belong to or how big or small it is, we are all united in trying to secure a world that is safe and secure, and rid of nuclear weapons. As hon. Members have said, this debate is about how we go about achieving that. I congratulate Angus Robertson on holding this debate. We disagree with each other, but I do not doubt that we all want to achieve the same end.