THREE Lothian MPs rebelled against their party line to vote for the scrapping of Trident in a controversial Commons vote.
The motion, tabled by SNP and Plaid Cymru, was defeated by 365 to 35 votes last night, with most Labour MPs abstaining.
But Edinburgh North and Leith Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz and East Lothian Labour MP Fiona O’Donnell backed the call for cancellation of the Trident renewal programme. They were joined by Liberal Democrat Mike Crockart, MP for Edinburgh West.
The Labour leadership’s decision to abstain drew accusations from the Tories that the party was going back on its commitment to renew the nuclear deterrent in preparation for making a deal with the Scottish Nationalists to get back into power after the next election. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said it was a sign Labour was preparing to strike a deal.
But Labour defence spokesman Vernon Coaker insisted there was “no change” to Labour’s position, which is to include Trident as part of the next strategic defence and security review. And he said Labour was committed to a “continuous at-sea deterrent”.