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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.

First Minister signs call to ban Nuclear Weapons.



Wednesday 24th September was a busy day for disarmament activities at the Scottish Parliament.

First off, we had the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon, signing the Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban . This is an appeal form current parliamentarians for 'all national governments to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons and leading to their complete eradication'.

Alan Mackinnon

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Alan Mackinnon. 

Alan played a central role in Scottish CND and the wider peace movement in Scotland over three decades. He was Chair of Scottish CND from most of the years between 1990 and 2011 and Secretary from 2013. In 1990 and 1991 he coordinated protests against the Gulf War. In 2001, within days of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, Alan took the initiative of pulling together representatives of civic society in Scotland to challenge the anticipated American response. He chaired the Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War which organised Scottish opposition to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, including the massive demonstration outside the SECC in February 2003. While his own political affiliation was to the Communist Party of Britain, he was always keen to draw together representatives of a range of political parties, trade unions and religious groups to work together for peace and nuclear disarmament.

In his leadership of Scottish CND he constantly strived to build opposition to Trident.  As well as mobilising public opposition in a series of rallies, he was a key member of the Scottish Government’s Working Group on Scotland Without Nuclear Weapons and contributed to their report, published in 2009.  

Holyrood motion on submarine endangering fishing boat

Bill Kidd MSP has put down a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling on the UK government to hold a full inquiry into the incident in April when a British submarine almost sank a fishing boat from County Down. Please encourage your MSPs to support this.