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By Alain Tolhurst, Harry Cole,
The Sun, UK,
23 January 2017

Theresa May refuses to deny she knew about failed Trident nuclear missile test when she urged MPs to renew the £40bn system

PM repeatedly failed to answer direct questions on The Andrew Marr Show on her knowledge of the unreported submarine-launched misfire

Theresa May has refused to deny she knew about a failed test of the Trident nuclear missile system when she addressed MPs in the House of Commons before a vote on renewing it.

The Prime Minister repeatedly failed to answer direct questions on her knowledge of the submarine-launched misfire, which reportedly took place weeks before Parliament approved the £40billion programme in July.

Reports in The Sunday Times claimed the launch of an unarmed Trident II D5 missile from a British submarine off the coast of Florida in June malfunctioned.

Mrs May did not mention this test in her speech, in which she urged MPs to back renewal, leading to allegations the malfunction has been covered up.

When asked about her knowledge of the test on BBC One`s The Andrew Marr Show, Mrs May said: "I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles.

"When I made that speech in the House of Commons, what we were talking about was whether or not we should renew our Trident, whether or not we should have Trident missiles, an independent nuclear deterrent in the future.

"I think we should defend our country, I think we should play our role in Nato with an independent nuclear deterrent.

"Jeremy Corbyn thinks differently, Jeremy Corbyn thinks we shouldn`t defend our country."

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