Livingstone 'not on defence review'

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Emily Thornberry and Ken Livingstone
Picture caption It had been reported that Mr Livingstone would be co-convenor of the consideration

The BBC understands Ken Livingstone will not have a formal role on Labour’s cover review, which will consider the rty’s stance on Trident.

The fly- st, to be led by shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry, will feed into a wider evaluate on the UK’s global role that Mr Livingstone will chair.

Ms Thornberry said the bulwark element would be “based on the evidence” and take into account contradicting views.

She said she was aiming to publish an interim report by June.

Device captionIs Ken Livingstone still rt of Emily Thornberry’s defence review article for Labour?

This would enable Labour’s National Policy Forum to meditate on policy on Trident prior to the rty conference in September – at which com ny members could vote to overturn decades of support for nuclear weapons.

The BBC’s Carole Walker stipulate it had been assumed that Mr Livingstone would play a leading post in the review of Labour’s policy on whether to renew Britain’s nuclear weapons.

‘Done agreement’

The former Mayor of London said he was “happy” with the on he was playing and said he and Ms Thornberry – who became defence spokeswoman in a reshuffle earlier this month – were in “uncut agreement” on the issue.

Mr Livingstone and Ms Thornberry are opposed to the UK’s nuclear weapon set as is Jeremy Corbyn but many Labour MPs support it.

Labour’s official action since the late 1980s has been to keep Trident but supporters of Mr Corbyn miss to change it at the rty conference later this year, arguing that weapons settle upon never be used and its multibillion pound cost cannot be justified.

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Image caption Labour has backed the Trident nuclear weapons approach for more than 30 years

The Labour leader has promised to concede rty members a say over the decision.

However, this could give rise to a backlash from senior MPs – including several members of the shadow chest of drawers – who believe a nuclear deterrent is essential to the UK’s national security and place in the circle.

Mr Livingstone’s involvement in the process has provoked criticism from some Sweat MPs as he has been highly critical of supporters of Trident in the rty and has not held chose office since stepping down as Mayor of London in 2008.

‘Respect and reliability’

Setting out the terms of reference for the review, Ms Thornberry said it would weigh the “whole range of defence challenges”, not merely Trident, and how worst to respond to the threats facing the British people.

It is expected there whim be public meetings and seminars as rt of the efforts to gather evidence from scholastics, military personnel, families, rty members and other interested rtisans.


Timetable of Labour defence review

  • 30th April: Deadline for initial contributions
  • June: Interim comment could be published
  • 11-15 July: Unite policy conference
  • July: Summer encounter of the National Policy Forum
  • 25-28 September: Labour’s annual rty talk

Read more: A guide to Trident and the debate about its replacement


“This on be a comprehensive review of Britain’s defence challenges and options for the 21st century,” she revealed. “It will be open, trans rent and inclusive, and its conclusions will be established on the evidence.

“At every stage of the process, we will give full s ce to the wide range of views on this subject in an atmosphere of mutual reference and trust.”

While she would approach the review with an “open reproach,” she said she was “extremely sceptical” about the grounds for retaining Trident and desire “not be afraid to ask some really difficult questions”.

She insisted the review “last wishes a take as long as it takes” but that, if need be, would publish interim pronouncements to “feed” into discussions at the National Policy Forum, expected to find suitable b leave place in July.

‘Strong case’

The BBC’s political correspondent Carole Walker asserted there was no intention to prioritise or se rate Trident policy from the wider apology review.

Ms Thornberry’s review of the rty’s defence policy will supply into a wider review of Labour’s foreign policy on which Mr Livingstone settle upon be co-convenor along with the shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn. Effective use has yet to start on the wider policy review on Britain in the World.

MPs will referendum at some point this year on whether to proceed with the erection of a new generation of Vanguard nuclear submarines, to replace the existing fleet which wishes become obsolete by the end of the 2020s.

Former Labour defence minister, Pull rank West, said he would quit the rty if it decided not to support Trident, striking Daily Politics the “British public believe in the deterrent” and a policy of unilateralism desire be “disastrous”.

And the head of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, said it would be making a “least strong case” to Labour about the role Trident played in suffering jobs in communities across the UK.

“Our members will be reassured by the scope and schedule of this review because it is evidently designed to ensure that all says are heard in this important process,” he said.

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