AT LEAST six Welsh Labour MPs are preparing to defy the Government and vote against the renewal of Britain's nuclear deterrent, the Western Mail can reveal.
Tony Blair faces the prospect of having to rely on Tory MPs to survive tomorrow night's vote on replacing the Trident system. Yesterday the Deputy Leader of the Commons, Nigel Griffiths, resigned over the issue.
Among the backbenchers voting against Mr Blair will be Cardiff North MP Julie Morgan, wife of First Minister Rhodri Morgan.
She said, "I do not believe that replacing Trident will make the world a safer place.
" I do not see how we can urge countries like Iran not to develop nuclear weapons when we continue to do so ourselves.
"I believe the vast amount of money spent on this project could be put to better, more positive uses; and I will therefore be voting against."
Mr Griffiths, the MP for Edinburgh South, said, "I am resigning with a heavy heart but a clear conscience. I intend to make a personal statement in the House of Commons to colleagues and it is only right that they hear the reasons first."
More than 70 Labour MPs are thought to be considering voting against the Government.
Plaid Cymru are against the replacement of Trident, while the Liberal Democrats believe no decision need be taken until 2014.
Adam Price, Plaid MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, challenged Welsh Secretary Peter Hain - a former member of CND - to vote against Trident. Mr Hain has indicated he supports the Government.
"It's completely immoral for us to retain this weapon of mass destruction," he said.