Visit to Barrow Shipyard




On his first visit as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Vernon went with John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, to see the yards building the Vanguard replacement submarines that will be the successors to the current Trident programme.


In advance of the visit Vernon said:  "In an uncertain and unpredictable world in which other nations possess nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation remains a deep concern, Labour believes it is right that the United Kingdom retains the minimum credible independent nuclear deterrent.


"We will continue to look at ways in which the Successor programme can be delivered efficiently, through the strategic defence and security and zero based spending reviews we have pledged to conduct under a Labour government."