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Scottish Government's Trident Working Group

leftThe Scottish Government has set up an expert group to investigate how best to get rid of nuclear weapons.

The group, to be chaired by Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, is seen by many as a crucial step towards making Scotland a nuclear-free nation.

The group includes religious leaders, academics, activists, a lawyer and a trade unionist - has been given the task of finding legal, planning, regulatory and diplomatic ways to block the plan to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system on the Clyde The Scottish Government has set up an expert group to investigate how best to get rid of nuclear weapons.

The group, to be chaired by Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, is seen by many as a crucial step towards making Scotland a nuclear-free nation.

The group includes religious leaders, academics, activists, a lawyer and a trade unionist - has been given the task of finding legal, planning, regulatory and diplomatic ways to block the plan to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system on the Clyde.

Bruce Crawford said: "It is only right that we consider how to raise the Scottish arguments with the UK Government. The plain facts are that a majority of Scottish MPs oppose the son of Trident, a majority of MSPs oppose the son of Trident and a clear majority of Scots, in poll after poll, oppose the son of Trident."

The 13-strong group includes the Rev Dr David Sinclair from the Church of Scotland; John Deighan from the Roman Catholic Church; Osama Saeed from the Scottish Islamic Foundation; Professor William Walker from the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and Dr Rebecca Johnson of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.

They will be joined by Dr Richard Dixon, the director of WWF Scotland; David Moxham from the Scottish TUC; Gillian Slider of the Scottish Youth Parliament; Isobel Lindsay from campaign group Scotland for Peace, and James Robb, the SNP councillor for Helensburgh.

Alan Mackinnon, the chairman of Scottish CND and a member of the group, affirmed that it will "explore practical and effective ways to obstruct the deployment of new weapons of mass destruction".

The working group's remit includes examining alternative employment, the legality of nuclear weapons and the current licensing and regulatory framework. It is expected to have its first meeting in the Spring, and to meet around three times a year.

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