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Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt threatens to quit over Trident 'hot potato'

By This is Bath  |  Posted: September 23, 2010

Lib Dem MPTessa Munt threatens to quit over Trident 'hot potato'

Quit threat: Tessa Munt

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Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt yesterday threatened to quit as a party whip over the replacement of Britain's nuclear weapons system.

The Wells MP was speaking at the Lib Dem Liverpool conference, as party members demanded a review of whether Trident should be renewed.

Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey put himself on a collision course with Defence Secretary Liam Fox, when he said delaying a decision would not be significant.

As the Daily Press has reported, North Somerset MP Dr Fox will resign if the decision is put off, one of his closest allies has claimed.

Ms Munt won applause during an emergency debate on Trident when she said: "I'm a baby whip – but I've made it clear there are some things I fundamentally disagree with.

"If it has to come to it, I shall resign from being a whip because I feel so strongly."

She told delegates the cost of Trident must be compared with that of the housing, education, health and social care needs of the nation. We have the opportunity to decide what we want to do with the money we have. You're going to have the opportunity to persuade our MPs – that's how coalition works."

North Devon MP Mr Harvey hinted the Trident decision would not happen until after the 2015 General Election – and said it was important politically, not militarily.

"If it were to be delayed until just after the May 2015 election, it is of no great financial significance, it is of no great military significance, it is of no great industrial significance.

"But believe me, it is of profound political significance.

"Conservatives know that they are not going to be able to look to the Liberal Democrats to get that through Parliament, so the issue will be a hot potato for Labour."

Mr Harvey said the UK should not commit itself to "another Cold War-scale nuclear deterrent and take up that stance for another 40 years".

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    Henry Charles, Bridgwater, Somerset  |  October 16 2010, 11:23PM

    Wells got a MP there not yes man,or in case woman.

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    Charles Henry 1945-(diuturnity), Somersetshire  |  September 24 2010, 5:45PM

    :| Henry. . 'Find a tory to kiss'. is one statement. . 'What about Liam Fox?' is a question and 'you like foxes' is another statement. You needed full stops, not commas. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/election/article-1274954/UK-ELECTION-RESULTS-2010-Did-UKIP-cost-Tories-seats-fielding-candidates-constituencies-Conservatives-set-win.html .

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    Charles Henry 1945-(diuturnity), Somersetshire  |  September 24 2010, 5:29PM

    :| Have you always been so demonstrably weak brained Henry? . I think it's that, that really bothers you. . And you should be very careful before making slanderous statements on line. I did not question Tessa Munt's political knowledge, just her political judgement. Pay much Council Tax do you Henry?

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    Henry Charles, The real World  |  September 24 2010, 3:58PM

    The Western morning News might have to put up with your nasty little comments but please don't bring your views here. Tessa Munt is a very good MP and knows more about politics than you will will ever know. It is because of your comments and actions that other forums have closed down. Please return to your bunker in Cornwall and let the good people of Somerset rest in peace,you do this county no good. Find a tory to kiss,whatabout Liam Fox,you like foxes.

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    drdavidlowry, Stoneleigh, Surrey  |  September 24 2010, 11:41AM

    Three cheers for Ms Munt for putting political principle before expediency and personal political ambition. Politics needs more people like her.

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    Charles Henry 1945-(diuturnity), Somersetshire  |  September 24 2010, 8:07AM

    :| She is obviously the wrong MP for a Somerset seat. . This is the worst fear I have always had about Liberal Democrat MPs. . It seems to me they are always 'hands up' and waving the ¿white flag¿. . We don¿t need that in todays dangerous world. . The highly provocative UN speech from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad illustrates this.

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