Karl Mocks Labour’s “Yellow Submarine” Nuclear Defence Policy at Prime Minister’s Questions

At today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, Karl McCartney MP, compared the Leader of the Labour Party’s belief that it was credible for the nation’s nuclear submarines to not actually be equipped with nuclear missiles with the Beatles’ song Yellow Submarine.


Continuing further with the Beatles theme because of the split within the Labour Party over their nuclear defence policy, he said that no matter “how much they Twist and Shout, their Leader needs Help!” 


The Prime Minister congratulated Karl, who fully supports a robust defence policy, on the seriousness of the question, as it showed how dangerous Labour’s position was on defending the country.


The full exchange is below:

Karl McCartney MP: “Thankyou Mr Speaker. Does my Right Honourable Friend agree with me that our nuclear deterrent only works against our nation’s enemies if our nuclear submarines are actually equipped with nuclear missiles, and that those such as the Leader of the Opposition, who do not believe this, have a defence policy inspired by the Beatles song Yellow Submarine and shows while the Members opposite may Twist and Shout, their current leader certainly needs Help.”


Rt Hon David Cameron MP: I Congratulate my Honourable Friend on his ingenious question. There's a comic element to sending submarines to sea without missiles in, but in fact it is absolutely serious because the deterrent has been [agreed] on a cross party basis and is an absolutely key part of our defence, making sure we've got the ultimate insurance policy which we support on this side and we should vote on in this House. And can I say when it comes to Beatles’ songs, I suspect that the Leader of the Opposition prefers Back in the USSR.


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For further information, please contact Karl McCartney MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.