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Labour on Trident - now and then

Issue No. 2030

“We don’t need dangerous and costly Trident and Cruise missiles.”

Tony Blair in 1983

“It would be unwise and dangerous for Britain, alone among the nuclear powers, to give up its independent nuclear deterrent.”

Tony Blair in 2006

“The ownership of nuclear weapons seems to be spreading very dangerously.”

Margaret Beckett in 1994

“We need to maintain a minimum but credible nuclear capability.”

Foreign secretary Margaret Beckett in 2006

“Unacceptable, expensive, economically wasteful and militarily unsound.”

Gordon Brown in 1984

“[Britain will be] strong in defence, in fighting terrorism, upholding Nato, supporting our armed forces at home and abroad, and retaining our independent nuclear deterrent.”

Gordon Brown in 2006

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Sat 9 Dec 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2030
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