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Scottish Labour has dropped its opposition to Trident in its 2017 general election manifesto.

The new manifesto says “Defence is a reserved issue and UK Labour continues to support the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent.”

Arthur West, Scottish CND chair, said:

“Scottish CND were very pleased when the Scottish Labour Party Conference of 2015 adopted a policy supporting non-renewal of Trident. However, this vote seems to have been ignored when the manifesto was being compiled.

“It is frankly astonishing that the Scottish Labour Party have ignored a democratic vote at their party conference [in 2015] which put them on the same side as the majority of the Scottish public in opposing Trident renewal.

“Giving support to Trident renewal is unjustifiable from a moral and economic point of view. It could also prove electorally damaging to the Labour Party in Scotland.”