CND has expressed surprise and disappointment after the Labour Party’s annual conference failed to include a debate on Trident replacement on its agenda.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“Given the clear view of Labour’s leader in favour of this crucial debate, together with very strong grass roots anti-Trident sentiment, conference’s failure to debate Trident policy is a both a surprise and a huge disappointment.””This is not an issue that Labour can continue to fail to address. In a few month’s time the government will put the question of Trident replacement to parliament. After today’s failure to debate – and potentially change – Trident policy, Labour has effectively presented a blank cheque to the government. The cost to British taxpayers will be well in excess of £100 billion.”

“The issue of Trident will not go away. Sooner or later Labour must have this debate and bring its policy into the twenty first century. At the moment Labour has its head in the sand of an outdated, overpriced Cold War nuclear weapons policy.”