MP admits he was ‘barred’ from joining Labour’s defence team because he was ARRESTED at Britain’s nuclear submarine base
- Lloyd Russell-Moyle was arrested while protesting at the Faslane nuclear base
- The port near Glasgow is home to submarines carrying Trident nuclear missiles
- MP said the arrests meant he was barred from being a shadow defence minister
An MP admitted today he was banned from joining Labour’s shadow defence team because he was arrested at Britain’s nuclear submarine base.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle insisted he had no regrets about his activities at Faslane despite them making it impossible for him to be a shadow minister.
The Labour politician was arrested during four visits to a year-long demonstration outside the base which is the home of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, the Sun revealed.
Mr Russell-Moyle, who was first elected in 2017 and is a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, recently rose to prominence by grabbing the House of Commons mace to protest Brexit.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle insisted he had no regrets about his activities at Faslane despite them making it impossible for him to be a shadow minister
He said: ‘I remember of course that year-long blockade that we did at Faslane as well, I think I got arrested four times during that time.
‘That’s why I was then barred from joining the defence team. I was asked when I joined Parliament (in 2017) would you become a shadow minister for defence I had to tell them, well I’ve been arrested.’
He added: ‘I don’t regret these activities. It’s important in a democratic society to put values on the line and be willing to defend them.’
Tory James Cleverly said: ‘It beggars’ belief that Jeremy Corbyn contemplated handing a top defence job to someone with such a catalogue of hatred towards the very defences that keep our country safe.
The Labour politician was arrested during four visits to a year-long demonstration outside the base which is the home of Britain’s nuclear deterrent (pictured)
‘Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has shown time and time again that he would put the security of the country at risk.
‘Without a defence system we open ourselves up to a world of danger which is why we have the biggest defence budget in Europe ensuring we keep families and communities safe.’
No charges were ever brought against Mr Russell-Moyle.