Labour to state ‘non-negotiable’ support for UK’s nuclear weapons

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Labour’s commitment to maintaining the UK’s nuclear weapons is “non-negotiable”, the party’s shadow defence minister, John Healey, is expected to say in a speech on Friday, emphasising a deliberate shift in tone from the Jeremy Corbyn era.

In a speech that implicitly acknowledges the perception by some within Labour that Corbyn’s public doubts over nuclear weapons and Nato helped damage the party’s reputation with certain voters, Healey will also stress the party’s commitment to the North Atlantic alliance, and to maintaining a viable UK defence industry.

While Labour’s 2017 and 2019 manifestos both pledged to support the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear submarine system, and to back multilateral rather than unilateral nuclear disarmament efforts, these were very…

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