Labour makes general election commitment for new UK nuclear deterrent based on the Clyde

Labour has committed to renewing the nuclear deterrent based on the Clyde.

Keir Starmer has said that his party will renew Trident, with the Labour leader committed to building four new nuclear submarines.

He has also pledged to maintain the UK's continuous at-sea deterrent and promised to carry out all upgrades needed for the submarines in the future.

The main base for nuclear submarines is at Faslane on the River Clyde. It directly employs thousands of people.

The SNP has campaigned for a long time to remove Trident from Scotland.

Starmer said on a visit to Bury in the north of England: “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. The excellent former service personnel that are standing as Labour candidates are a testament to that change. From Al Carns in Birmingham Selly Oak, to Louise Jones in Derbyshire, national security is now a central strand of the Labour Party tapestry.

“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 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.”

To sign up to the Daily Record Politics newsletter, click here