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August 26, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain has about 160 “operationally available” nuclear warheads, each one capable of killing more than 1 million people.

Scotland is at the heart of the UK’s atomic weapons programme, with the fleet of Vanguard-class submarines based at the Clyde naval base.

The Scottish National Party (SNP), currently heading the campaign for a yes vote in the independence referendum on 18 September, says the  Trident would have no place in an independent Scotland.

But the party also wants to be a member of Nato, a military alliance committed to maintaining a nuclear deterrent.

In last night’s televised debate with the pro-union campaign leader Alistair Darling, SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond brushed aside the apparent difficulties of the party’s position.

What do the experts say?

26 vanguard r FactCheck: a nuke free Scotland?

Decommissioning Trident (more…)

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August 25, 2014 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

It’s ding ding, round two in the Scottish independence debate. Will the leaders of the Yes and No camps fail the FactCheck test?

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August 21, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Most teenagers who got their GCSE results today have been told they must stay in education or training until they are 18. But what if they refuse?

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David Cameron will return to Cornwall later after interrupting his holiday over events in Iraq. Who is in charge while he is away from Downing Street?

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August 19, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

More than half a million “troubled families” could get intensive help from the government. But what’s in the small print?

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August 15, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

Are 6,000 people really “dying needlessly” thanks to regional variations in cancer care?

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August 6, 2014 14 Comments By Fariha Karim

As Sayeeda Warsi announces her resignation as Foreign Office minister over the government’s policy on Gaza, FactCheck looks at what that policy might be.

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July 28, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

After three deadly plane crashes in a week, the air industry is defending its safety record. Do the claims stack up?

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July 24, 2014 51 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The death toll continues to rise in Gaza, as Israel is accused of war crimes. But is Hamas responsible for some Palestinian civilian deaths?

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