Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Labour MPs to Rebel on Trident

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Labour MPs to Rebel on Trident

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The Government was last night facing one of its biggest ever rebellions as scores of Labour MPs prepared to defy the Prime Minister over his controversial support for replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system.

More than 100 MPs, including more than 60 from Labour, backed moves to delay making a decision by signing up to an amendment which will be put forward during a Commons debate today.

A further 12 Labour MPs are believed to be prepared to vote in favour of the amendment, which argues that the case for replacing Trident "is not yet proven".

Jim Devine yesterday quit his post as Parliamentary aide at the Department of Health, the second member of the Government to resign in protest at replacing Trident.

It is understood the MP for Livingston hopes to speak during the Trident debate in the Commons.

The news came a day after Deputy Leader of the House Nigel Griffiths quit so he could vote against the Government on the issue.

The Labour MPs putting their names to the amendment included Jon Trickett (Hemsworth), Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool Walton) and Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford), as well as Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell. …

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