Fears over future of the Royal Navy under Jeremy Corbyn

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A big majority of readers voting in an online poll have expressed fears for the future of the Royal Navy under Jeremy Corbyn.

Almost three-quarters of those voting said they felt the navy would not be safe at all in the hands of the Labour leadership contender if he became prime minister.

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn

Ten per cent of the 180 respondents said they thought the service would be safe, just over 13 per cent said it would be safe enough and just over five per cent said they believed it would not be very safe.

We launched the poll ahead of Mr Corbyn’s rally for Labour supporters at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton last night.

On the UK’s Nato membership, Mr Corbyn has admitted: ‘I’d rather we weren’t in it’ and wants to see the abolition of Trident, Britain’s controversial nuclear deterrent programme.

He has previously said: ‘Nuclear weapons are immoral.’

Mr Corbyn, who sets out his policies on his website, has also argued against potential plans to bomb Syria in the fight against Isil extremists and was vehemently opposed to the Iraq War.