Thanking our submariners

This April we mark the 50th anniversary of the Continuous At Sea Nuclear Deterrent, and it was a privilege to pay tribute to thousands of submariners on behalf of our constituency in Parliament this week. Their service beneath the Atlantic for months at a time is unique, dangerous and requires the utmost professionalism. It also makes huge demands on their loved ones and they deserve our thanks too.

The nuclear deterrent is our last line of defence and one that I firmly support. In my speech I paid tribute to those Labour MPs who are resisting Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for unilateral disarmament, which would leave us vulnerable to rogue states. As was rightly pointed out in the debate, the deterrent is in use every day, to make sure the worst never happens. We must never drop our guard or stop making the case.