Argyll and Bute’s MP welcomes Trident safety debate

Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O'Hara (SNP), has welcomed news that a Westminster debate on Trident safety will take place on Thursday, May 28.
Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O'Hara (SNP), has welcomed news that a Westminster debate on Trident safety will take place on Thursday, May 28.

Brendan O’Hara, MP for Argyll and Bute, has welcomed news that a Westminster debate on Trident safety will take place following a submariner’s allegations that security at the Faslane naval base is severely lacking.

As has been reported in the national media, submariner William McNeill says he was on patrol with HMS Victorious from January to April this year, and makes a number of allegations about security and safety surrounding the Trident missiles, including that they are “a disaster waiting to happen”. Mr McNeil is currently in military police custody.

Mr O’Hara, who is also defence spokesman, said: ““The debate next Thursday [May 28] allows us to address the very serious allegations made by Able Seaman William McNeilly and prevent them from being swept under the carpet by the Ministry of Defence.

“We have already demanded that the MoD instigate a full and transparent enquiry into Mr McNeilly’s claims and we can pursue answers when Parliament reconvenes next week.

“We insist that the MoD make a formal statement on this matter at the earliest opportunity as there are now serious questions over the safety and security procedures currently operating at HMNB Clyde, Faslane and on the submarines that carry these nuclear missiles.”