Caroline Lucas, Leanne Wood and Nicola Sturgeon: On Saturday we will put our party allegiances aside and march together for a Britain free from nuclear weapons. As elected politicians, our overwhelming priority is to protect the safety of the people we represent, and it is our firm belief that renewing Trident will not only fail to improve Britain’s security, but will increase the dangers we face. Trident is an outdated weapon system from a bygone age. The government’s own analysis has relegated “weapons’ proliferation” to being a “tier 2” threat – below far more pressing concerns such as terrorism, public health and major natural hazards. Replacing Trident is neither necessary nor sensible. The evidence is stacked against spending billions of pounds on these exceptionally dangerous weapons. They won’t make us safer. The Westminster parliament will soon choose whether to join the vast majority of nuclear-free nations by moving on from Trident. It would be bold for Britain to ditch this weapons system, but it would be the right thing to do.
Guardian 25th Feb 2016 read more »
TRADE unionists representing defence workers today (Thursday, February 25) made a strong call for renewing the Trident nuclear missile system, arguing tens of thousands of jobs depended on it. Leaders of the GMB, meeting in Newcastle, made it clear they oppose plans to scrap the nuclear deterrent.
Northern Echo 25th Feb 2016 read more »