LABOUR’s defence chief failed to answer THREE times when asked if Jeremy Corbyn would use a nuclear deterrent.
Nia Griffith fell short of confirming the party’s stance and would only say that Mr Corbyn “fully understands what deterrent means”.
The Shadow Defence Secretary told Sophy Ridge on Sky: “We are absolutely committed to keeping the nuclear deterrent.
“We feel it’s a very important part of our defence particularly now as we see a resurgent Russia and we see the US perhaps being a little lukewarm about NATO.
“It’s very important the UK takes a leading role there and Jeremy full understand what deterrent means.”
She added that “no Prime Minister reveals what they write when they write the letter” – referring to instructions on a nuclear attack.
The whole issue about having a deterrent is there is that there is that element of doubt in your opponents mind and therefore it serves its purpose.
But she said that “defence” of the UK is “foremost in Jeremy’s eye”.
When grilled a second time by Ms Ridge, the Labour shadow minister replied: “The element of doubt about deterrents is very, very important.”
After asked a third time if “in principle” Labour would be prepared to use a nuclear deterrent?
Ms Griffith said: “The whole issue about having a deterrent is there is that there is that element of doubt in your opponents mind and therefore it serves its purpose.”
CLASH WITH CORBYNITES
Ms Griffith – a leading Labour moderate – has repeatedly clashed with CND-backing Mr Corbyn and his pacifist supporters.
She backs Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent – which Mr Corbyn has spent his political career campaigning against.
In May she faced a Corbynista plot to sack her after she backed new laws to protect veterans from legal witch hunts.
It came after the then Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said she planned to bring in laws to stop ex-troops being charged after a time limit of 10 years unless overwhelming new evidence comes to light.
Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith appeared to back the move, saying she supports “measures to deal with false or vexatious claims”.
In an open letter, over 100 Corbynista activists – including Momentum boss Jon Lansman – demanded her sacking.
At the time Ms Griffith said: “She said: “I did not say that British Forces, or indeed any group of people, should be above the law.”
She added: “Labour opposes any blanket immunity, and the International Criminal Court itself makes clear that statutes of limitation for the most serious crimes are not permitted in any circumstances – this is obviously right.”
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