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Jeremy Corbyn Wants To Abolish The UK's Trident Nuclear Deterent. This Is What The £100 Billion Could Buy At The Same Time

28/07/2015 18:22 BST | Updated 29/07/2015 16:59 BST

Jeremy Corbyn has repeated throughout the Labour leadership campaign his desire to end any prospect of renewing the Trident nuclear missile.

Quite apart from burnishing his left-wing credentials, since Labour abandoned its commitment to unilateral nuclear disarmament in the 1980s, the policy allows the long-time supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to make promises on public spending his rivals cannot match.

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The Islington North MP reckons the £100 billion saved could be re-directed to reverse austerity, giving him a largely costed plan to boost public services.

While arguing a secure world is "not created by an arms race", others would beg to differ as to whether abandoning the weapons system is a wise move in an unstable world.

In any case, this is a pick 'n' mix of what £100 billion could buy at the same time.

What cancelling Trident could fund

And there would still be enough spare change to buy £85 million of footballer in the shape of Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive player.

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