Labour leader commits to Faslane as SNP call to remove nuclear weapons

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Labour has committed to renewing the Faslane-based Trident nuclear deterrent.

Leader Sir Keir Starmer last week said that his party would renew Trident, and pledged to build four new nuclear submarines.

He has also said his party will maintain the UK’s continuous at-sea deterrent and promised to carry out all upgrades needed for the submarines in the future if they win next month’s election.

The Trident programme is based at Faslane, where more than 6,500 civilians and service personnel are employed on the site.

However, the move has been slammed by the SNP, who have campaigned to remove Trident from Scotland.

On a visit to Bury in the north of England, Starmer said: “National security will always come first in the changed Labour Party I lead. Keeping our country safe is the bedrock of stability that the British people rightly expect from their government.

“My message to them is clear: Labour has changed. No longer the party of protest, Labour is the party of national security.

“In the face of increasing threats to national security, actions will speak louder than words. That’s why, alongside our unshakeable commitment to NATO, an incoming Labour government will introduce a ‘triple lock’ commitment on our nuclear deterrent - providing vital protection for the UK and our NATO allies in the years ahead, as well as supporting thousands of high-paying jobs across the UK.”

The SNP said Scots should vote for them “to end Trident nuclear weapons”.

West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes
SNP candidate Martin Docherty-Hughes said his party would end the Trident programme in Scotland. -Credit:Lennox Herald

West Dunbartonshire SNP candidate Martin Docherty-Hughes said: “Nuclear weapons have no place in Scotland, and only a vote for the SNP in July will protect Scotland’s interest against the Labour and Tories – neither of whom will do what the people in Scotland want and scrap Trident nuclear weapons for good.

“In the middle of a cost of living crisis, it is objectively wrong that Keir Starmer would funnel billions of pound of public money into keeping weapons of mass destruction on our doorstep in Scotland, while families are still living in poverty after 14 years of Tory austerity, and our budget from the UK government keeps getting slashed.

“As tensions across the world increase, Scotland wants no part in the UK government’s plans for nuclear weapons which are not only morally abhorrent, but financially reckless.

“We in the SNP know that a future without nuclear weapons is possible, and in this upcoming General Election people will get the chance to say no to Trident nuclear weapons, and vote SNP for a future made in Scotland, for Scotland.”

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday, July 4 with the SNP holding a majority of just over 9,500.

Last week the final list of candidates was published for the area - with eight options on the ballot paper.

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer visits Brent Cross town visitor pavilion
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer would renew the Trident programme - based at Faslane. -Credit:Getty Images

Provost Douglas McAllister stands for Labour, whilst former Argyll and Bute provost Maurice Corry, previously an MSP, stands for the Conservatives.

Paula Baker has been selected for the Green Party, with Paul Kennedy the Liberal Democrat option.

Andrew Muir once again represents the Scottish Family Party, with Kelly Wilson of Sovereignty and David Smith of Reform UK making up the rest of the ballot.

This will be the first election to be held locally where voter ID is required, following a change in legislation.

Voters must take an accepted form of identification with them to the polling station in order to be able to vote.

This includes a passport, photo driving licence, older person’s travel pass or blue badge.

Polling stations in Dunbartonshire area
St Patricks  Primary School
Voters will need to bring ID to vote next month. -Credit:Lennox Herald

Ministry of Defence Form 90 documents are also accepted.

You can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, if you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID, you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you or you’re worried about using an existing form of ID for any other reason.

You can still use your photo ID if it is out of date, as long as it looks like you.

The deadline for registering to vote is midnight next Tuesday (June 18).

To register to vote visit or contact the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) on 0141 562 1200.