Labour party torpedoes Trident debate in blow to Jeremy Corbyn

first_imgMonday 28 September 2015 12:14 am Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was handed an embarrassing defeat yesterday afternoon, as his own party members voted against debating the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system.Corbyn has long campaigned against replacing Trident, and it had widely been expected that delegates at the Labour party’s annual conference in Brighton this week would vote on a motion backing the newly elected leader’s views.But in a ballot yesterday that underscored fresh divisions in an increasingly fractious Labour party, members decided that Trident would not be on the conference agenda.The defeat proved a double blow to Corbyn, as it was revealed that despite overwhelmingly supporting him in the leadership contest, just 0.16 per cent of trade union voters on the so-called conference arrangements committee backed the Trident debate. The committee instead selected eight policy areas for debate, including austerity and public services, employment rights, EU, refugee crisis, mental health, the TV licence fee, housing and the NHS.Earlier yesterday, Corbyn joked on BBC One’s Marr programme that he could not control the committee’s decision, saying: “Sadly, the Labour leader has no dictatorship over the conference arrangements committee or anything else.”But later in the day, Corbyn took a more serious tone, saying: “This is an open and democratic party and the members at conference have decided to discuss the issues that they want to debate this week.”The SNP took the opportunity to attack Corbyn’s leadership, with deputy leader Stewart Hosie MP saying: “So many of the people who backed him to be Labour leader did so on the basis of his anti-Trident stance – now barely two weeks into the job, it appears he’s shying away from the debate.” Labour party torpedoes Trident debate in blow to Jeremy Corbyn Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past Express KCS center_img Share whatsapp whatsapp last_img

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