Trident trio defy pleas for conference unity


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Trident trio defy pleas for conference unity

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Pleas for party unity from Labour's high command were shattered yesterday as Peter Hain, Hilary Benn and Harriet Harman demanded a full debate on plans to replace Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent.

The three ministers — all leading contenders to replace John Prescott as deputy leader — spoke out hours after it emerged that Labour officials had blocked attempts to force an emergency debate on Trident. Furious delegates accused the hierarchy of attempting to gag members.

The intervention moved the race for the deputy leadership up a gear, shattering Tony Blair's hopes that ministers would halt their unofficial campaign for the job.
Ministers urge leadership to open up Trident debate

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Cabinet ministers yesterday urged the Labour leadership to open up the debate on renewing Britain's nuclear deterrent as delegates protested that they were being denied a vote on the issue.

Hilary Benn, the international development secretary, called for a debate "both in conference, in the party, in the country and in parliament". He added: "The threat that we face in the world has changed but there's a real debate to be had over how we put that commitment into effect."

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