City MP prompts Prime Minister to make Back to the Future joke in parliament

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron

City MP Iain Stewart prompted the Prime Minister to make a Back to the Future joke during question time in the House of Commons today.

The Milton Keynes South MP raised the issue of the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent amid growing concerns about international security.

During his response, Mr Cameron couldn’t resist giving a Back to the Future-themed jibe at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who is campaigning for nuclear disarmament.

He said: “Today we are celebrating that great film Back to the Future and I’m not surprised that many people sitting behind him say he should get in his DeLorean, go back to 1985 and stay there.”

Movie fans worldwide are celebrating today - October 21, 2015 - because it is the date time travellers Marty McFly and Doc Brown visited in the 1989 sci-fi film.

Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions on Back to the Future Day, Mr Stewart said: “Given Russia’s military expansion, and given North Korea’s development of submarine-launched ballistic missile system that can strike the west, would the Prime Minister agree with me that this is no time to campaign for nuclear disarmenment?”

The PM responded by saying: “I think my honourable friend is absolutely right.

“I think it is right to maintain our independent nuclear deterrant and anyone who has any doubts about it only has to look at the dangers and uncertanties in our world.

“Frankly I think it is very disappointing that for this country that for so long we had a consensus cross party that the nuclear deterrant was right for Britain and now we have a leader of the opposition who is campaigning with Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.”

Speaking to the Citizen following his question, Mr Stewart said: “It is deeply concerning when we see the ever increasing threats around the world we are discussing whether or not we should give up our Nuclear Deterrent.

“Defence is the first responsibly of a government; we must make sure families around the UK are safe, our deterrent ensures that security.”