A brand new military pact involving the UK, US and Australia “undermines world peace” and needs to be opposed, Labour Party members have declared.
Conference delegates voted overwhelming in favour of an emergency movement which condemned the deal cast by Boris Johnson’s authorities – dubbed Aukus – calling it a “dangerous move”.
Former Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn claimed the pact was “starting a new nuclear arms race and cold war” and mentioned members ought to “keep speaking out against it”.
It marks one other conflict between members and Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer, who backed the military partnership earlier this month and mentioned “Britain must look after our most important relationships”.
The movement – accredited by 70 per cent to 30 per cent – on the Labour convention in Brighton acknowledged: “Conference believes that in contradiction to Tory PM Johnson’s statement that ‘this will promote stability in the Indo-Pacific region’, in fact, this is a dangerous move which will undermine world peace.”
The convention vote was instantly condemned by the GMB union, which warned opposition to the brand new military settlement “undermines industries where jobs are under threat”.
Under the phrases of the Aukus pact, the three allies have agreed to co-operate on the event for the primary time of a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines for the Australian navy.
It may even see the three nations share new military know-how, together with synthetic intelligence and cyber defence plans.
The transfer has been broadly interpreted as an try to verify China’s rising military assertiveness within the area, and was swiftly condemned by Beijing as a “geopolitical gaming tool”.
France was additionally left angered by Australia’s resolution to cancel a profitable contract to present subs – sparking a row wherein Mr Johnson mentioned the French ought to to “donnez-moi un break”.
GMB regional secretary Hazel Nolan mentioned the Labour convention has “proven itself to be out of touch and on the wrong side of job creation once again”.
She added: “This deal could be a real opportunity for UK manufacturing. To dismiss it out of hand is nonsense.
“If it ever wants to be in power, Labour needs to get back to its roots and speak up for jobs and the concerns of working people.”
The inner row got here after shadow defence secretary John Healey used his convention speech to try to burnish Labour’s defence credentials.
Mr Healey mentioned he wished Labour to “no longer be half-hearted about essential alliances and treaties” within the UN, Nato and the International Court of Justice.
“We will give the highest priority to security in Europe, North Atlantic and Arctic, pursuing new defence co-operation with European Nato neighbours,” he mentioned. “We will insist on the UK’s say with the US as our most essential ally, stepping up Britain’s leadership in Nato.”
He additionally promised a future Labour authorities would give a £35m enhance for psychological well being take care of British veterans and Afghan personnel now dwelling within the UK.