A slim majority of Scots support nuclear disarmament, according to a poll for STV. The survey by Ipsos MORI found 51% of those asked said they supported the UK scrapping all of its nuclear weapons, while 40% would keep them. When asked if they supported the UK removing the weapons even if other countries keep theirs, however, only 44% agreed, while 46% said they were opposed. The poll comes as the Labour Party continues a review of its policy on nuclear weapons, with shadow home secretary Andy Burnham conceding this week it may be “impossible” for the party to reach an agreed position.
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A further £201m has been announced for design work on the Royal Navy’s next generation of nuclear submarines. It will fund equipment and systems layout design and prototype production. The Successor vessels, designed at BAE Systems’ Barrow shipyard in Cumbria, will replace the ageing Vanguard class from the early 2030s. Chief of Materiel (Fleet) Vice Admiral Simon Lister called it “the most technologically advanced nuclear submarine” in the Royal Navy’s history.
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