HEREFORD MP Paul Keetch has spoken out against the government's plan to replace Trident.

The former Liberal Democrat defence spokesman opposed the plan to push ahead with the replacement of the nuclear weapons system when it came to the commons for a vote yesterday (Wednesday).

Mr Keetch, who serves on the foreign affairs committee, says the decision is being made for political rather than strategic reasons.

"It may be that the UK should replace Trident, but that decision should be taken when it's needed, not just to satisfy the personal legacy of the Prime Minister," said Mr Keetch.

"There is no reason why we need to make the decision to replace Trident now."

Mr Keetch believes the timing of the decision is unhelpful, given the current situation with North Korea and Iran.