The House of Commons had an historic vote on the future of Britain's nuclear deterrent yesterday (July 18).
MPs voted 472 to 117 in favour of replacing four nuclear-warhead carrying submarines.
It as one of the hugely controversial topics at the centre of divisions in the Labour party, and at a time of huge austerity impacting on incomes and public services across the country, the decision weighs in at costing the UK tax payer at least £31 to build and £180 billion to run for their lifetime.
To put the cost in context, that's 23 per cent of our total annual public expenditure of around £700 billion.
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The government will now be replacing the old Vanguard submarines with new Successor models to carry our 255-strong arsenal of nuclear warheads, and the specific total cost is still not known.
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins's speech during debate was described as 'powerful'
He said to the house: "My mother back in the 1980s was a green in common protester. Both my parents were members of CND. I would certainly have made some of the arguments as a 13 year old that we have heard from the front bench a few moments ago.
"We're having a retro debate that we thought had been settled three decades ago. From a range of experience and expert onion i heard time and again that our armed forces recognise the strategic importance of sending a powerful message to our adversaries.
"The truth of the matter of having a ballistic missile system and a submarine based system is essential... to having a genuine and credible deterrent."
Labour's official policy was to renew Trident, and as leader Jeremy Corbyn offered members a free vote, 140 members voted for, with 47 against and 41 abstaining or absent. Conservatives voted overwhelmingly with the party line, with 322 for and only four abstentions and one against.
So here's a list of how the MPs in your area voted. Don't like the way they went? Drop them a letter. You can find correspondence and email addresses at www.parliament.uk.
- High Peak, Andrew Bingham (Conservative): FOR
- Amber Valley, Nigel Mills Conservative): FOR
- Derbyshire Dales, Patrick McLoughlin (Conservative): FOR
- Chesterfield, Toby Perkins (Labour): FOR
- Bolsover, Dennis Skinner (Labour): AGAINST
- Mid Derbyshire, Pauline Latham (Conservative): FOR
- Erewash, Maggie Throup (Conservative): FOR