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Proposal to Labour Party

The overwhelming victory by Labour in the General Election makes it still more important that we target that organisation and its MPs to be influenced by Scottish CND. Further information about local contacts or particular MPs can be obtained from the Secretary of Scottish Labour CND, Tony Southall.

Meantime we print below the Labour CND model resolution for 1997 Annual Conference. Please try to get this into the hands of sympathetic Labour Party members. Unfortunately the deadline for submission is 20 June. It does however give an idea of the agreed CND approach to the new Government and the kinds of demands we should be placing on them. Use it where you can.

Suggested resolution:

Conference notes
1 existing Party policy as stated in A Fresh Start for Britain: Labour is committed to a nuclear weapons free world
2 the importance of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including Article VI which calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons world-wide
3 the work of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
4 the call by the United Nations General Assembly that in 1997 work should start on a convention that would eliminate nuclear weapons from the world
5 the call by 61 former Generals and Admirals from all over the world calling for nuclear disarmament
6 the ruling by the International Court of Justice that the threat or use of nuclear weapons is illegal in almost every conceivable circumstance and that they reminded the nuclear weapons states of their obligation to disarm under Article VI of the NPT
7 that British nuclear weapons cost the taxpayer over £1,500 million every year to maintain.
Conference resolves that the Labour Government should:
1 decommission the Trident nuclear weapons system, with the first practical steps being:
(i) the immediate removal of Britainís Trident submarines from 24 hour patrol
(ii) the immediate removal of the warheads and their return to AWE Burghfield and Aldermaston for dismantling
2 as a matter of urgency, push for negotiations to begin immediately for a global nuclear disarmament treaty through the United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
3 support a fissile materials cut-off treaty, with stringent safeguard and verification procedures on all civil and military nuclear installations by an appropriate international body
4 immediately initiate a review of the role of British nuclear weapons as part of a genuinely independent defence review of all British security needs.

Scottish CND      magazine