Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas absent as Parliament votes to renew Trident
PUBLISHED: 12:01 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:04 19 July 2016
Jon Cruddas chose to stay away from Parliament as MPs voted on renewing Britain's nuclear submarines.
The Dagenham representative, who has previously voted against replacing the Trident system, was absent as 472 MPs voted for and 117 voted against building a new deterrent yesterday.
Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking, joined 140 other Labour members in voting for renewal.
This was despite Jeremy Corbyn, the party’s leader, choosing to oppose the construction of four new submarines, estimated to cost £31billion.
The prime minister, Theresa May, said abandoning Britain’s nuclear capability would be “an act of gross irresponsibility”.