SNP accused of ‘nimbyism’ on Trident

British Navy personnel stand atop the Trident Nuclear Submarine, HMS Victorious. Picture: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
British Navy personnel stand atop the Trident Nuclear Submarine, HMS Victorious. Picture: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
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The Scottish Conservatives have accused the SNP of “craven hypocrisy” for voting to scrap Trident while wanting to remain in the NATO nuclear defence alliance.

Speaking after vote which saw a majority of MPs support renewing the nuclear weapon, Scottish Tory deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said: “The Nationalists want to be a member of the nuclear-armed club - at the same time as demanding that nuclear weapons are expelled from Scotland.”

“This isn’t serious politics - it is small-minded Nationalist nimbyism.” SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the fact that all but one of Scotland’s MPs voted against Trident meant the weapon should be removed from the Clyde. He said: “It would be democratically unacceptable if in the face of this clear opposition the UK government were to impose Trident nuclear weapons on the Clyde against Scotland’s wishes.”