Former Defence Secretary Defends BAE, Trident Spending and Carriers

Posted: 12/11/2010
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Our exclusive interview with former Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth zeroes in on the Trident nuclear debate. Mr Ainsworth compares the previous government's expenditures on Trident capability with that of the Coalition, stating that little has changed, though the Coalition has promised reductions on new spending. Is nuclear capability necessary? 'We don't know what the world will be like in 20 years.'

In addition, he denies the existence of a 'one sided' relationship between BAE and the Ministry of Defence and defends the continuance of long term contracts with the multinational firm. The former Sec Def also makes it clear that Britain should continue to build warships domestically, regardless of cost.

This is Part II of our six part interview series featuring Bob Ainsworth. Click here to view Part I.

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