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Angela Rayner: 'I would press the nuclear button'

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Angela Rayner has said she is prepared to press the nuclear button if she becomes the deputy Prime Minister. Labour's deputy leader, who has been the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne since 2015, said she supports the policy her party set out this week on nuclear weapons.

Sir Keir Starmer set out a 'triple lock' commitment to nuclear deterrents, including building four new submarines in the North West, in a speech at the Fusilier Museum in Bury on Monday (June 3).

The Labour leader insisted he had the backing of his top team despite several members of his frontbench - including Mrs Rayner - voting against the renewal of the Trident nuclear programme in 2016.

Mrs Rayner later told the BBC that she has not changed her mind, saying that the world should be looking at disarmament of nuclear weapons.

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