Members of the Labor Party have declared that a new military agreement involving the UK, US and Australia “undermines world peace” and should be opposed.
Conference delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of an emergency resolution that denounced the deal made by Boris Johnson’s government – called the Ocus – calling it a “dangerous move”.
Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed the deal was “starting a new nuclear arms race and the Cold War” and said members “must continue to speak out against it”.
It marks another conflict between members and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who earlier this month backed the military partnership and said “the UK must look after our most important relationship”.
Proposal – approved by 70 per cent to 30 per cent at the Labor conference in Brighton: “The convention believes that contrary to Tory PM Johnson’s statement that ‘this will promote stability in the Indo-Pacific’, in fact, it A dangerous move that will undermine world peace.”
The convention vote was quickly condemned by the GMB union, which warned opposition to the new military agreement “undermines industries where jobs are at risk”.
Under the terms of the Ocas Treaty, the three allies have agreed to collaborate on the development of a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines for the Australian Navy for the first time.
It will also see the three countries sharing new military technology, including artificial intelligence and cyber defense plans.
The move has been widely interpreted as an attempt to curb China’s growing military assertiveness in the region, and was sharply condemned by Beijing as a “geopolitical gaming tool”.
France was also angered by Australia’s decision to cancel a lucrative contract to provide the sub – sparking a row in which Mr Johnson said the French should “doenez-moi un brake”.
GMB regional secretary Hazel Nolan said the labor conference had “prove itself once again out of touch and on the wrong side of job creation”.
She said: “This deal could be a real opportunity for the UK to build. It is nonsense to dismiss it out of hand.
“Labor needs to get back to its roots and speak up for the concerns of jobs and working people if it is ever to stay in power.”
Internal controversy erupted after Shadow Defense Secretary John Healy used his conference speech in an attempt to burn Labor’s defense credentials.
Mr Healy said he wanted Labor “no longer half-hearted about the alliances and treaties needed” at the United Nations, NATO and the International Court of Justice.
“We will make security in Europe, the North Atlantic and the Arctic a top priority as we pursue new defense cooperation with our European NATO neighbours.” “We will continue to pursue Britain’s leadership in NATO, at the UK’s insistence, with the US as our most essential ally.”
He also promised that a future Labor government would boost £35m towards mental health care for British veterans and Afghan personnel living in the UK.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /