03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

UK In Uproar Over Plans For Nuclear Submarines

The government has won Commons support for plans to renew the UK's nuclear submarine system, despite a large rebellion by Labour MPs.

Tony Blair had said it was "essential" the UK began the £20bn plan to renew Trident as soon as possible.

After six hours of debate, 409 MPs supported the proposals, and 161 were against - a majority of 248.

Earlier 413 MPs had rejected a bid to delay the decision, with 95 Labour rebels among 167 MPs wanting a delay.

Rebels included 16 former ministers, including four ex-Cabinet members.

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