Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, has joined with his colleague Angus Robertson MP – the SNP’s Westminster Leader – in calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to personally come to Parliament this week and tell MPs exactly what and when she knew about the reported Trident missile launch malfunction and alleged UK Government cover up.
The SNP want the Prime Minister to make clear what she knew about the malfunction when she made the case for renewal of the £200 billion weapons of mass destruction programme in July 2016 – and why MPs weren’t informed before the renewal vote.
On the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday 22 January, the Prime Minister refused – four times – to say whether she knew about the malfunction at the time of the Trident vote.
Commenting, Angus Robertson MP said:
“The Prime Minister must come to parliament this week and outline exactly what she knew – and when – about this reported malfunction and alleged UK government cover up.
“It would be utterly unacceptable, and deeply serious, if it turns out that this information was deliberately kept from MPs at the time of the renewal vote for the Trident weapons of mass destruction programme.
“Parliament and the public have a right to know if these reports are true, and there must be full disclosure about what happened, who knew, when they knew, and why the House of Commons wasn’t informed. The Prime Minister cannot continue to dodge the question.”
Owen Thompson MP added:
“My colleagues and I have stated time and again that Trident is obscenely expensive and morally repugnant. I have consistently raised the possibility that it is also unreliable, and highlighted previous safety concerns – this now must raise massive question marks over its viability.
“58 of Scotland’s 59 MPs – across party lines – voted against Trident renewal last summer. With Trident costs spiralling out of control, and with this new information raising further safety concerns, we will be asking questions and demanding answers.”