HOLYROOD will hear a cross-party appeal to scrap Trident, ahead of a parliamentary debate on the issue this week. Twenty-nine MSPs have signed a parliamentary motion highlighting a study by the think-tank the Jimmy Reid Foundation arguing that Trident missile submarines at Faslane will not create any new jobs, but will only sustain the current workforce, at a cost of nearly £18 million per employee. It estimates the cost of renewing Trident to be £205 billion and says that a replacement programme would not lead to any jobs boost in Scotland. MSPs backing the call to scrap Trident include the SNP’s Mairi Evans and Christina McKelvie, Labour’s Neil Findlay and Elaine Smith, as well as Greens Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone.
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