Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to what has emerged in the last 24 hours about the Trident Missile Crisis.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“It has become clear in the last 24 hours that the government acted to cover up a very serious incident involving Britain’s nuclear weapons system.

“This calls into question the legitimacy of the Parliamentary vote on Trident replacement that took place in July 2016. MPs should have been told about the safety and reliability issues with the Trident system before they committed to spending £205 billion on a new version of the same technology.

“Both Parliament and public have the right to the truth, which is why we’re calling for a Trident Inquiry. Thousands of letters have already been sent to MPs to demand that an inquiry is conducted. It’s time for the government act.”