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The vote on renewal of the American Trident nuclear weapons system was an attempt to put Labour on the back foot, by a Conservative Party that had no idea how to implement Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn was already facing a rebellion by a majority of his MPs, stirred up with a false accusation that he had been ineffective in the EU referendum campaign (in fact his campaign was hugely successful. It is notable that, while he was pilloried for getting more than 60 per cent of Labour voters and supporters to vote Remain, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was revered – for achieving almost the same result).

The hope, it seemed, was that a defeat for Mr Corbyn’s views on Trident (he opposes renewal) would put the final nail in the coffin of his tenure as Labour leader.

Perhaps that is why the Conservatives hid evidence that Trident is faulty. One wonders what they expected from a nuclear deterrent that uses an obsolete version of Windows – Windows XP or ‘Windows for Submarines’.

Mr Corbyn evaded criticism by making Trident renewal an open vote, meaning MPs could vote according to their consciences. At the time, he had no way of knowing that they were also basing their decision on a Tory lie.

The final House of Commons vote was 472 votes to 117 in favour of renewing the nuclear programme.

Considering what we know now, some of you who have Labour MPs may wish to discuss this matter with them.

The cost of Trident renewal is currently more than £200 billion, for a country that is constantly being told it cannot afford to fund the public healthcare system properly. That’s the NHS, which is currently in its worst-ever Winter crisis.

The total number of UK jobs safeguarded by keeping Trident is around 500 – all of whom could be given other work if the renewal had not gone ahead. The UK still needs to be able to defend itself, and cutting out Trident means more people would have to be employed on such work, not less.

So perhaps you might want to suggest the time is right to demand that the Trident renewal vote be revisited, in order to allow MPs to vote on the facts, rather than the lies?

Here is how the Labour MPs divided:

Aye – in favour of Trident renewal

Heidi Alexander
Rushanara Ali
Rosena Allin-Khan
Ian Austin
Adrian Bailey
Kevin Barron
Margaret Beckett
Hilary Benn
Luciana Berger
Clive Betts
Tom Blenkinsop
Ben Bradshaw
Kevin Brennan
Chris Bryant
Andy Burnham
Liam Byrne
Alan Campbell
Jenny Chapman
Vernon Coaker
Ann Coffey
Julie Cooper
Rosie Cooper
Yvette Cooper
Neil Coyle
Mary Creagh
Stella Creasy
Jim Cunningham
Nic Dakin
Simon Danczuk
Wayne David
Geraint Davies
Gloria de Piero
Stephen Doughty
Jim Dowd
Peter Dowd
Jack Dromey
Michael Dugher
Angela Eagle
Maria Eagle
Julie Elliott
Louise Ellman
Bill Esterson
Paul Farrelly
Frank Field
Jim Fitzpatrick
Robert Flello
Colleen Fletcher
Caroline Flint
Yvonne Fovargue
Gill Furniss
Mike Gapes
Pat Glass
Mary Glindon
Kate Green
Andrew Gwynne
David Hanson
Harriet Harman
Helen Hayes
Sue Hayman
John Healey
Stephen Hepburn
Meg Hillier
Margaret Hodge
George Howarth
Tristram Hunt
Dan Jarvis
Alan Johnson
Diana Johnson
Gerald Jones
Graham Jones
Helen Jones
Kevan Jones
Susan Elan Jones
Mike Kane
Liz Kendall
Stephen Kinnock
Peter Kyle
Chris Leslie
Emma Lewell-Buck
Ian C Lucas
Holly Lynch
Justin Madders
Khalid Mahmood
Shabana Mahmood
Seema Malhotra
John Mann
Rob Marris
Christian Matheson
Steve McCabe
Kerry McCarthy
Siobhain McDonagh
Pat McFadden
Conor McGinn
Alison McGovern
Liz McInnes
Catherine McKinnell
Ed Miliband
Madeleine Moon
Jessica Morden
Melanie Onn
Chi Onwurah
Albert Owen
Matthew Pennycook
Toby Perkins
Jess Phillips
Bridget Phillipson
Lucy Powell
Jamie Reed
Steve Reed
Christina Rees
Rachel Reeves
Jonathan Reynolds
Geoffrey Robinson
Joan Ryan
Virendra Sharma
Barry Sheerman
Paula Sherriff
Gavin Shuker
Andy Slaughter
Ruth Smeeth
Angela Smith
Nick Smith
Owen Smith
Karin Smyth
John Spellar
Keir Starmer
Wes Streeting
Gisela Stuart
Mark Tami
Gareth Thomas
Nick Thomas-Symonds
Stephen Timms
Anna Turley
Karl Turner
Stephen Twigg
Valerie Vaz
Tom Watson
Phil Wilson
Rosie Winterton
John Woodcock
Iain Wright

No – opposed to Trident

Diane Abbott
Graham Allen
Paul Blomfield
Nicholas Brown
Richard Burden
Richard Burgon
Dawn Butler
Ruth Cadbury
Ronnie Campbell
Sarah Champion
Ann Clwyd
Jeremy Corbyn
John Cryer
Paul Flynn
Vicky Foxcroft
Roger Godsiff
Helen Goodman
Margaret Greenwood
Nia Griffith
Louise Haigh
Fabian Hamilton
Carolyn Harris
Kate Hoey
Kelvin Hopkins
Imran Hussain
David Lammy
Rebecca Long Bailey
Rachael Maskell
John McDonnell
Alan Meale
Ian Murray
Lisa Nandy
Kate Osamor
Stephen Pound
Angela Rayner
Marie Rimmer
Naz Shah
Tulip Siddiq
Dennis Skinner
Andrew Smith
Jeff Smith
Jo Stevens
Graham Stringer
Jon Trickett
Keith Vaz
Catherine West
Daniel Zeichner

Abstained

Rupa Huq

Absent

Debbie Abrahams
David Anderson
Jonathan Ashworth
Roberta Blackman-Woods
Lyn Brown
Karen Buck
David Crausby
Jon Cruddas
Judith Cummins
Alex Cunningham
Thangam Debbonaire
Clive Efford
Christopher Elmore
Natascha Engel
Chris Evans
Barry Gardiner
Lilian Greenwood
Mark Hendrick
Sharon Hodgson
Kate Hollern
Lindsay Hoyle
Gerald Kaufman
Barbara Keeley
Ian Lavery
Clive Lewis
Ivan Lewis
Fiona Mactaggart
Gordon Marsden
Andy McDonald
Jim McMahon
Ian Mearns
Grahame Morris
Teresa Pearce
Yasmin Qureshi
Emma Reynolds
Steve Rotheram
Cat Smith
Emily Thornberry
Derek Twigg
Chuka Umunna
Alan Whitehead
David Winnick

(Information from The New Statesman)

If you have a Conservative MP, or an MP from one of the other parties, please feel free to contact them and find out how they feel about it.

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