The Scottish National Party challenged Mr Corbyn to use his visit to end what it termed “the chaos and confusion” over Labour’s policy on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system, based at Faslane on the Clyde.
His comment put him at odds with shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle, who backs Trident and is conducting a review of Labour’s defence policy.
One of the reporters, who had been due to meet Mr Corbyn, told HTFP: “We were told that we would have a chat with him at quarter to one, then told at midday he’s not doing it. We were not given an official reason for it”.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘We have given up three-quarters of our nuclear arsenal while the response from Russian Federation and China is to increase theirs.
“There’s no decision required until probably next summer on this”.
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. “They’d much rather see spending on conventional weapons and conventional forces”.
“We are not in the era of the Cold War any more, it happened, it finished a long time ago”.
On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he said: “There are five declared nuclear weapon states in the world”.
‘The only other country that has given up nuclear weapons is Ukraine – which is being invaded by the Russians’. “That is eight countries out of 192”.
“I believe Britain should honour our obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and lead in making progress on worldwide nuclear disarmament”. “I believe it is possible”, he said.
“Wow. I was absolutely blown away”, said Elaine Tiffin, a former nurse from Brighton who joined the Labour Party the day after Labour’s election defeat in May. He said: “I think what went wrong was the Better Together campaign”. Maybe we will reach an agreement – I hope we will.
Leading figures from all three of the Portsmouth’s main political groups – Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats – shared concerns after hearing Mr Corbyn’s first conference address, particularly with his stance on the future direction of the nation’s defence strategy.
Mr Watson said the media had not wanted Jeremy Corbyn to become Labour leader, saying: “He wasn’t the pundits’ choice, after all; he was the people’s choice, the members whose party this really is”.
But what Jeremy is giving people is a sense of identity and belonging in the Labour party that has kick-started a new movement of Labour supporters, resulting in an unprecedented increase in party membership.
“Deterrents don’t work if you’re not prepared to use them”.
Four days into the Brighton summit, he said Corbyn was looking like the “radical” change the party needs. Either it respects his huge mandate and makes scrapping Britain’s nuclear deterrent official policy.