Cameron nuclear ‘slur’ comes under attack

By Richard Chidwick

David Milliband has attacked David Cameron over what he called a ‘slur’ on China.

During last night’s TV leaders debate Mr Cameron said he wanted to keep Britain’s nuclear deterrent because of apparent uncertainty over China.

Mr Cameron said: “Are we really happy to say that we’d give up our independent nuclear deterrent when we don’t know what is going to happen with Iran, we can’t be certain of the future in China?

“I say we should always have the ultimate protection of our independent nuclear deterrent.”

Foreign Secretary David Milliband responded immediately, he said: “To put China and Iran in the same bracket is an insult to a fellow member of the UN security council and to a county with whom we have just announced a close strategic relationship.”

He added: “David Cameron should withdraw this slur now.”

Gordon Brown stated in the debates that Iran and North Korea were reasons for Britain to upgrade the nuclear deterrent.

The Conservatives issued a statement which said: “David Cameron was demonstrating the extent of uncertainties in the world, not saying China is a threat to the U.K.”