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Respect Scotland: Scrap Trident!

We have just launched a new  declaration calling on David Cameron to Respect Scotland and Scrap Trident.

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We call on the UK Prime Minister to respect the democratic will of the people of Scotland and cancel the £167 billion plan to renew Trident.

Britain has no record of multilateral disarmament

Pro-Trident politicians are keen to argue that they only support multilateral disarmament and to dismiss unilateral disarmament. However, the reply to a question in Parliament shows that Britain has no record of achieving any reductions through multilateral disarmament.  Paul Flynn MP asked: "how many UK nuclear weapons have been withdrawn from operational service as a result of (a) multilateral negotiation and (b) unilateral action since 1985." On 10 November 2015 Defence Minister Philip Dunne replied: "The UK has a strong record on nuclear disarmament. Since 1985 the WE 177 and Polaris warheads have been removed from operational service leaving only one type of nuclear warhead in service delivered by the Trident missile system. These withdrawals from operational service have been as a result of unilateral action."

Test of upgraded Trident sparks UFO scare

The flight test of two upgraded Trident missiles resulted in a flurry of concern about UFOs as the missiles were seen streaking across the night sky from California. The tests were taking place to certify new flight control electronics in the upgraded Trident D5A missiles. The new missiles are due to enter service with the US Navy in 2017 and on UK submarines before 2020. The overall effect of the missile upgrade and the related introduction of upgraded (Mk4A) nuclear warheads is to make Trident even more destructive. The new missiles and warheads will be significantly more effective against hardened targets, such as underground bunkers. However, attacks on hardened targets involve detonating the weapon on the surface which creates a masses of radioactive fallout.

Responding to concern about UFOs, a US Navy spokesperson said: "The big, bright flash some mistook Saturday for a detonation, missile intercept or UFO is actually the result of the solid-fueled Trident missile jettisoning one of its three stages." 

Holyrood takes strong stance against Trident

The Scottish Parliament adopted a strong position against Trident renewal with 96 MSPs supporting the motion and only 17 voting against.

That the Parliament notes with concern new analysis by the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, which suggests a dramatic increase in the projected cost of the successor Trident nuclear weapons programme to £167 billion; ―recognises the number of workers in the British defence system in Scotland and throughout the UK whose employment is linked to Trident-related activities and that firm commitments must be made to the trade unions on the retention of defence workers’ jobs; believes that, in the event of the cancellation of Trident, the establishment of defence diversification agencies at Scottish and UK levels is essential to deliver a strong defence diversification strategy that provides workers with high quality employment through the retention of skills developed in the sector, while delivering a UK defence sector equipped to deal with the world and dangers that it possesses, and calls on the UK Government not to renew Trident.

Scottish Labour Conference rejects Trident

"Scottish CND welcomes the firm rejection of Trident by 70% of Labour members and union delegates in Perth. By rejecting Trident, the Scottish conference has given a lead to the UK Labour party. The vote has also illustrated the breadth of opposition to Trident across Scottish society.  Scottish CND has worked with the STUC to explore alternative ways of deploying the skills of those who work on Trident. We are willing to help trade unions in further developing these proposals for defence diversification." - Arthur West (Chair, Scottish CND)

Scottish Labour will debate Trident on Sunday

Scottish CND has been told by delegates attending Scottish Labour conference that the issue of Trident came second in the priorities ballot and will be debated on Sunday.

Arthur West, Chair of Scottish CND, said:
"Scottish CND welcome the decision by Scottish Labour conference to hold a debate on Trident. This is a significant move. We would encourage all delegates to vote against spending £167 billion pounds renewing these Weapons of Mass Destruction. We also support efforts to develop ways of providing alternative employment for the workers that would be affected."

What about the Scottish Labour Party and Trident?


The question of how the Scottish Labour Party will handle Trident is still unknown.  Delegates at their conference at the Perth Concert Hall are expected to decide on Friday 30 October whether or not there will be a debate.  If there is a debate, it is expected to be on Sunday 1 November.

Holyrood debates Trident spending

The Scottish Parliament will debate the additional £500 million expenditure on nuclear submarines which George Osborne announced during his visit to Faslane. The debate will be led by SNP MSP Christina McKelvie. Two senior Labour MSPs, Neil Findlay and Malcolm Chisholm, are backing the motion. It will be discussed from 1230 on Thursday 8 October and will be shown on Parliament TV

If you wish to contact your MSPs, you can send them an email through writetothem.com

Respect Scotland: Scrap Trident!

Scottish CND is calling on David Cameron to respect the Scottish people and cancel the plan to renew Trident.  


Labour's internal feud over Trident

On 20 January the House of Commons voted on an SNP motion which called for the plan to renew Trident to be cancelled. Only 19 Labour MPs supported the proposal. One of them was Jeremy Corbyn. This gives an insight into the current situation in the Labour Party. While the new leader is genuinely committed to nuclear disarmament, only a minority of his MPs share this view. This contrast was highlighted on 29 September at the party conference in Brighton.  Delegates passed a report from the Labour Policy Forum which included a paragraph which reaffirmed their commitment to renewing Trident. A short time later Jeremy Corbyn gave his leader’s speech in which he restated his opposition to British nuclear weapons.  The following morning he told the Radio 4 Today programme that he would never press the nuclear button if he were Prime Minister.