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Trident once again, made headlines last week.
The new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has repeated his desire to cancel Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
If elected Prime Minister, he also declared he would never press the nuclear button.
His comments have sparked fresh debate on what we do with our nuclear deterrent.
First of all, let’s be clear: everyone - whether you’re a Conservative, Labour, SNP, or LibDem - wants a world free of nuclear weapons.
The only real question is how best we balance that wish with the need to maintain our country’s national security. For me, security comes first every time. We can’t, sadly, un- invent nuclear weapons. Nor can we, overnight, remove them from parts of the world where we’d rather they didn’t exist - like Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
So for our part, Conservatives are clear: in an uncertain world, our nuclear arsenal defends us against threats both now and in the future.
Looking back, few predicted the speedy collapse of the Soviet Union - and no-one, no matter how well intentioned, can possibly foresee the future threats we will face.
That’s why I support the UK Government in wanting to press ahead with renewing the submarines which carry our Trident missiles, which are based in Faslane.
Of course we can’t pretend that this decision will come cheap. But the bill for replacing Trident currently amounts to around five to six per cent of our defence budget.
If we were to scrap it, this money would have to be spent elsewhere - on forces that, by their very nature, lack the immediacy and capability of Trident.
So we’re clear, when it comes to the security of our nation Britain’s nuclear deterrent is worth the price.