For his entire political career, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has opposed Trident but the Labour manifesto promises to renew Britain’s nuclear weapons system.
In 2015, during an interview with Radio 4’s Today programme, the lifelong anti-war activist confirmed that he would not use nuclear weapons.
The Labour leader said: “I am opposed to the use of nuclear weapons. I am opposed to the holding of nuclear weapons. I want to see a nuclear-free world. I believe it is possible.”
But during this year’s election campaign Mr Corbyn has repeatedly refused to say whether or not he would ever authorise nuclear strikes.
During the Question Time special on Friday, Mr Corbyn was grilled by audience members over if he would authorise a strike if the UK faced an “imminent threat from nuclear weapons”.
The Labour leader responded by arguing he would deal with threats “earlier by negotiations and talks” in order to avoid nuclear disaster.
Labour has promised to renew Trident if it win the election 10 facts about Trident nuclear weapons Wed, July 20, 2016
As MPs vote to renew the UK's Trident weapons system, we look at the facts about the nuclear weapon.
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The UK's Vanguard fleet of four submarines carrying Trident nuclear missiles are due to become obsolete by the end of 2020
I am opposed to the use of nuclear weapons
Jeremy Corbyn in 2015
He said: “We would not use it as first use and if we did use it millions are going to die – you have to think this thing through.”
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Theresa May accused Mr Corbyn of being “waffling and weak” on security, adding that it is the duty of every Prime Minister to “defend and protect the nation”.
What is the Labour policy on nuclear weapons
Jeremy Corbyn has failed to confirm whether or not he would authorise a nuclear strike
The Labour manifesto states the Party would renew Trident if it wins the general election on June 8.
It says: “Labour supports the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent. As a nuclear-armed power, our country has a responsibility to fulfil our obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“Labour will lead multilateral efforts with international partners and the UN to create a nuclear-free world.”