Jeremy Corbyn refused to promise Labour would keep all four Trident submarines on Saturday as the party’s nuclear stance descended into chaos. During a BBC interview Mr Corbyn said his party was “committed to Trident”, but refused to specify whether that meant renewing each of the four nuclear submarines required to maintain a presence as sea at all times. He said: “Included in our manifesto is absolute commitment which is given by the party and given by me that we will also pursue multilateral disarmament through the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and that is a position that has been held for a long time by the party.” But when asked if he was committed to renewing the four submarines Mr Corby simply said: “It is clear what is said in the manifesto.” It came after senior Labour figures clashed over the party’s commitment to Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry indicated the party’s support for Trident could not be guaranteed after a defence review if Labour wins the General Election. But shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith promptly contradicted her, saying Ms Thornberry was wrong and the policy was not her responsibility.
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