Speaking at today’s Prime Minister’s Questions Menzies Campbell called Tony Blair’s decision to renew the Trident nuclear weapon system “hasty”. The Liberal Democrats would cut Britain’s nuclear arsenal by half and kick-start disarmament talks.
Menzies Campbell asked:
Does the Prime Minister accept that the most immediate nuclear threat is from other countries acquiring nuclear weapons? What then is going to be the role played by his government at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference in 2010?
Menzies Campbell went on to say:
We surely accept that a hasty decision to replace Trident is bound to undermine our ability to have influence at the conference in 2010 and shouldn’t we not now be offering to reduce the number of warheads on Trident in order to give a lead to others?