GMB Scotland warns UK Labour Party: Failure to support Trident renewal will result in 2020 defeat
“You cannot play fast and loose with the jobs and lives of working class communities and expect to win at the ballot box.”
GMB Scotland will warn the Labour Party today (Wednesday 8 June) that it cannot play fast and loose with the livelihoods of workers supported by Trident renewal and expect to win the 2020 general election.
In a debate on Trident at GMB Congress in Bournemouth later this afternoon, GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith will move to re-affirm the union’s support for the jobs sustained by the UK’s nuclear deterrent and the successor programme.
Ahead of the publication of the Labour Party’s Defence Review interim report later this month, GMB Scotland will tell the UK party to learn the lessons from Scottish Labour’s division over Trident renewal and its subsequent humiliation at the Scottish Parliamentary elections.
GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith said: “There is a warning from Scotland for the Labour Party heading in to the 2020 general elections: You cannot play fast and loose with the jobs and lives of working class communities and expect to win at the ballot box.
There is no doubt that Scottish Labour’s self-indulgent position against Trident renewal contributed to its humiliating Holyrood election results last month - third place in Scotland and teetering on the brink of irrelevance.
GMB Scotland supports our members who do the skilled and valuable work that maintains Trident, we support the working-class communities sustained by Trident and we support Trident renewal.
Ahead of Labour’s Defence Review interim report, it’s time for the Labour Party to get real, end the divisions, put the issue to bed and focus on the real issues affecting working people if it is serious about winning the 2020 general election.”
Contact: Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077.