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Anna McMorrin MP: Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Statement

July 30, 2018

I am pleased to say that I signed EDM 1122 on the 2018 Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, and support its aims wholeheartedly.

I support international efforts toward multilateral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and Labour has committed to lead efforts with international partners towards a world without nuclear weapons. Labour has been clear that we support the renewal of Trident as part of our defence strategy, and this is a position that I agree with. At a time of uncertainty, when it is difficult to foresee the nature of future threats to the UK, I believe we should maintain a minimum nuclear deterrent.

The nuclear defence industry is also a major employer and I am committed to protecting jobs. In the long term, as part of a programme of multilateral nuclear disarmament, I would like to see a transition away from the nuclear defence industry.

I am proud of the progress made under the previous Labour Government in nuclear disarmament through international frameworks. During that time the number of operationally available warheads almost halved. Also, the number of deployed warheads on each submarine reduced. Previous Labour Government’s success has meant that the UK is the only recognised nuclear-armed Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) country to possess just one nuclear system.

I hope this answers your question. However, if you have any more points you would like to raise with me please, feel free to contact me again.