LDV readers say: big yes to Nick Clegg's Trident U-turn

by Stephen Tall on June 23, 2009

A week ago, Nick Clegg announced his decision to become the first mainstream party leader to declare openly his opposition to the UK renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent: “the world has changed, the facts have changed, you’ve got to change with them. So like-for-like replacement for Trident is just not right.”

We asked LDV readers to tell us what you thought of the Lib Dem leader’s change of heart (in the 2007 leadership campaign he clashed with Chris Huhne on the issue, arguing the UK should wait until the 2010 non-proliferation talks before deciding whether or not to renew). The question we posed was: Do you agree with Nick Clegg’s decision to rule out a like-for-like replacement of Trident?

Here’s what you told us:

  • Yes – Trident is the wrong deterrent and too expensive: 81% (245 votes)

  • No – we should defer a decision until after the 2010 talks: 9% (26)
  • No – we should commit now to renewing Trident: 10% (29)
  • Other: 1% (4)
    Total Votes: 304. Poll ran: 17th-22nd June 2009
  • So an overwhelming four-fifths of LDV readers who voted back Nick’s decision, suggesting he won’t have too much trouble overturning existing party policy when it’s put to the vote at the 2009 autumn conference.