LONDON (AP) — Britain's Labour Party has decided to leave the country's nuclear weapons alone.
The opposition party's new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, opposes atomic weapons and had said the issue would be debated at the party's annual conference, which opened Sunday.
But after Labour-supporting trade unions said they would vote to keep nuclear weapons and protect thousands of defense jobs, delegates dropped the issue from the agenda.
Labour delegates voted not to debate nuclear arms during the four-day conference in Brighton.
It's a setback for left-winger Corbyn, who wants the party to consider policies long considered off the political agenda, from nationalizing industry to diverging on foreign policy from the United States.
He said Sunday that Britain should get rid of its "weapon of mass destruction" and scrap the Trident nuclear program.
Britain has been a nuclear power since the 1950s, and both Labour and Conservative governments have consistently supported atomic weapons.
Since the 1990s, Britain's nuclear deterrent has consisted of four Royal Navy submarines armed with Trident missiles.
News that Trident would be debated at the conference for the first time in many years had been hailed as a victory by anti-nuclear activists — but it caused despair among Labour centrists, who fear that the party faces electoral oblivion under Corbyn.