Corbyn has already drawn strong criticism from members of his shadow cabinet, the majority of whom back renewing Britain’s nuclear weapons system when Parliament votes on the issue next year. “I am opposed to the holding of nuclear weapons”, Corbyn told the BBC. The Labour Party boss made the comments as he admitted that if he is elected Prime Minister at the next general election he would never use nukes anyway.
Britain has been a nuclear power since the 1950s, and respective governments both under Labour and Conservative have consistently supported the country’s “weapons of mass destruction” program.
“I hold a view which is well known on nuclear weapons and it is a view which I have held all my life”, he said.
Asked whether he would personally be ready to use Britain’s nuclear weapons as prime minister, Mr Corbyn told PA: “I would want a Labour Government to do everything it could to bring about the possibility and the option of a nuclear-free world”.
“He obviously got voted in by these – I think it costs you £30 to become a member of the Labour party or something – a temporary membership, and someone must’ve drummed that up”.
As far as I’m concerned we start from the policy we have and at the end of the process the party will decide what its policy is.
“Under my leadership there will be no question about who is in charge of the Scottish Labour Party”. It was a strikingly different tone to Corbyn’s yesterday.
Mr Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party will be defined by policies not personality.
He said the Labour was “just saying what he means and I agree with that”.
Shadow defense secretary Maria Eagle also criticized Corbyn’s comments.
“There are many in the military who don’t want Trident renewed because they see it as an obsolete thing that they don’t need”, he added. He said: “I think what went wrong was the Better Together campaign”.
“Nobody will replace him… until he demonstrates to the party his unelectability at the polls”, he reportedly said in a private paper sent to political associates.
He will meet Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale in Edinburgh in his first official engagement after the party’s conference in Brighton. The UK’s 4.5 million self-employed are a huge contributor to the exchequer and most love what they do, accepting the trade-off between of giving up holiday pay and other entitlements in order to have the flexibility to choose how they work.
Paul Kenny, leader of the GMB union, said the existence of brutal regimes meant that any leader of the United Kingdom would have to be prepared “to think the unthinkable” about using Trident in exceptional circumstances. “It’s been the cornerstone of our security for so long”.