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Huppert tackles Prime Minister over Trident

June 23, 2010 5:08 PM

Julian HuppertThe future of Trident nuclear missiles should be included in the government's defence review and scrapped unless a strong case for it can be made, Cambridge MP Julian Huppert insisted in Parliament.

He raised the controversial issue with Prime Minister, David Cameron during Prime Minister's Question in the House of Commons today (Wednesday, June 23).

"Does the Prime Minister agree with several generals, many members of the public and me that Trident should be included in the strategic defence and security review?" he asked.

And he added that if there were a case for retaining Trident the review would prove it, and if not, it should be scrapped.

But Mr Cameron reiterated his support for retaining the nuclear deterrent saying it was an "insurance policy against great danger".

He added, however, that there is a case for looking at the costs of Trident and seeing "how we can bear down on them."

"I do not believe that we should have the wider review that he suggests."

Later Julian, who has supported the CND's campaign to scrap Trident.said: "If there were a case for keeping Trident the review would prove it and it could be justified. Why are Trident's supporters so scared of reviewing it?

"I will continue to fight to get rid of nuclear weapons. We don't need them, we don't want them and we cannot afford to spend a huge amount of money on something that is outdated and unnecessary."