By Luke James in Britain:
Saturday 16th January 2016
Senior backbencher boosts Corbyn’s chances of overturning Labour support for pricey cold war relics
In an interview
see video at the top of this blog post
to be broadcast today on Russia Today, Mr Vaz says: “I support Jeremy Corbyn’s line on this, I think he has persuaded me.
“He’s made it very clear when he’s prime minister he’s not going to be able to use these weapons so what’s the point of having them.”
The member of Parliament’s national security committee reveals his change of heart just a day after Labour formally launches its defence policy review.
She told the Star: “That is all we ask from Labour MPs and Labour Party members — that they go into their defence review willing to listen to other views and open to shaking off their preconceptions about nuclear weapons and their utility — or not — for Britain’s security.”
She insisted yesterday that she had not prejudged the conclusion, which will be published in June ahead of the parliamentary vote on Trident renewal.
“It will be open, transparent and inclusive — and its conclusions will be based on the evidence,” she said.
“At every stage of the process, we will give full scope to the wide range of views on this subject in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.”
Defence specialists, NGOs and the armed forces, as well as Labour affiliates, will be invited to submit their views.
Responses to Labour’s defence review can be made at www.yourbritain.org.uk/defencereview.