Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the Government’s Trident Alternatives Review, said:
“Labour has always said that we are committed to the minimum credible independent nuclear deterrent, which we believe is best delivered through a Continuous At Sea Deterrent. It would require a substantial body of evidence for us to change that, but this review does not appear to offer such evidence.
“We will rightly continue to scrutinise today’s report on the grounds of capability, cost and disarmament.
“Labour will continue to look at ways in which that minimal credible deterrent can be delivered most efficiently, including, should Labour be in power in 2015, through the Strategic Defence and Security and Zero Based Spending Reviews we plan to conduct.
“Labour would also aim to drive savings throughout the programme by modernising the hulls and co-operating with our allies.
“Labour would keep momentum on our disarmament efforts, looking at further reduction of missiles and warheads on deployed vessels, as well as taking a lead internationally to push the agenda of global anti-proliferation.”