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Generals back Nick Clegg on Trident

April 27, 2010 5:07 PM
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Retired generals have given Nick Clegg support on proposals to find a cheaper alternative to Trident.

A group of retired generals have given Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrat Party support on their proposals to find a cheaper alternative to the replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent.

The four generals argued that to dismiss other options out of hand would be a "major strategic blunder". Writing in the national paper 'The Times', Field Marshal Lord Bramall, General Lord Ramsbotham, General Sir Hugh Beach and Major General Patrick Cordingley stated that there was a ''Growing consensus that rapid cuts in nuclear forces ... is the way to achieve international security''.

Nick Clegg is the only main party political leader to have opposed finding a like-for-like alternative to Trident.