Former Construction Minister quits government over Trident renewal plans

Former Construction Minister Nigel Griffiths has resigned from the government in protest at its plans to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Nigel Griffiths
Griffiths: resigning "with a heavy heart but a clear conscience"

Griffiths, who has served as deputy leader of the Commons since 2005, said he was resigning “with a heavy heart but a clear conscience” ahead of Wednesday’s parliamentary vote on the £20bn Trident renewal plans.

He is expected to make a personal statement to the House of Commons detailing the exact reasons for his departure. He is a strong supporter of Gordon Brown, and the two are old friends. The Chancellor was best man at Griffiths’ wedding.

Griffiths has served as MP for Edinburgh South since 1987 and was construction minister from September 2003 until May 2005.