One year on from the discussion panel on the foreign policy implications of Britain’s decision to replace Trident’s submarine-based nuclear missile system, a panel of distinguished parliamentarians tackle the key issues, implications and options that the UK will have to address leading up to the 2016 ‘Main Gate’ decision. Following the July 2013 publication of the Trident Alternatives Review, and ahead of the May 2015 general election, this was a timely point to address salient questions which remain to be fully aired, including but not limited to the role, system options, deterrence postures and opportunity costs.
Sir Nick Harvey is a Liberal Democrat MP who has represented North Devon since 1992. After the 2010 General Election he held the position of Minister of State for the Armed Forces, leading on operational policy, until September 2012.
Dr Julian Lewis is a Conservative MP for New Forest East and a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. First elected to Parliament in 1997, he has served on the Defence Select Committee and was – between 2002 and 2010 – the Shadow Defence Minister with responsibility for the Nuclear Deterrent, the Royal Navy and strategic issues.
Admiral Lord West is a Labour Peer in the House of Lords and was First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff from 2002–06. Lord West also served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Government Spokesperson at the Home Office with responsibility for Security, Counter-terrorism, Cyber Security and Police (2007–10).
Baroness Williams is a Liberal Democrat Peer, she was co-founder of the Social Democratic Party and its first President 1982-88, served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords from 2001 until retiring from that position in 2004. She is Professor Emeritus of Elective Politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and advised former prime minister Gordon Brown on issues of nuclear proliferation.
This meeting was chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the IISS. Ittook place in the Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room at Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX.