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Conference showdown over bid to ban Trident avoided

By Alan Jones

Published 28/09/2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will avoid a showdown over the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system at his party conference because motions on the issue have not won approval.

Delegates voted on a number of issues they want to debate during the Brighton conference this week, but Trident was not one of them so will not be the subject of a vote.

Leaders of the country's biggest trade unions had already made clear they would oppose any moves to scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system amid calls by Mr Corbyn for an end to the UK's "weapons of mass destruction".

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, which has thousands of members in the defence industry, said his main focus is the protection of jobs.

Mr Corbyn said: "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."

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