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Write to your represenatives to sign the pledge

As you will be aware, there is a new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) signed by more than 50 member states which will soon be coming into force. Parliamentarians across the world played a major role in realising the TPNW through their actions in the campaign. Now we are seeking their help to promote the signature and ratification of the treaty by all nations. The Parliamentary Pledge is a commitment by parliamentarians around the world to work for their government to join the treaty.

Given the position of the Scottish Parliament in opposing nuclear weapons, this is a very important way in which they can put pressure on the UK Government.

You can see if your parliamentarians have signed here.

If they have not, please ask your MSPs and MPs to sign it.

Send them a letter (model below) and follow up with a phone call to their office. If you are unsure who your representatives are, this website might be of help https://www.writetothem.com.

Government Ducking Questions On MPs\' Trident Vote

Pressed by the SNP MP Stewart Hosie on whether the Government would allow a vote in the House of Commons on the replacement of Trident the Defence Min

Nuclear Consultation "Misleading"

 A public consultation on new nuclear power stations which was run by a company linked to the Prime Minister's personal pollster has been criticised for breaching industry guidelines. Environmentalists and opposition MPs denounced the exercise as "fixed" after the Market Research Standards Board said some material given to focus groups was "inaccurately or misleadingly presented".

Commission on US strategic posture

left The interim report from a new commission into US nuclear weapons policy, chaired by former Defence Secretary William Perry, was published on 15 December 

Overall the report is mixed and cautious.  It reaffirms the importance of Russia in determining the size of US nuclear forces, although it states that there is no nuclear threat from Russia or China.  It advocates bilateral negotiations with Russia. Ratification of the CTBT could be considered if there were assurances from the nuclear laboratories.  Nuclear terrorism is seen as a growing threat, particularly if the dangers of proliferation are not tackled.

A paper was sent to the Commission on the relationship between US and British nuclear weapons programmes.

US Empire or Multi-Polar World

“We’re an empire now and
when we act, we create our own
reality and while you’re studying
that reality – judiciously, as
you will – we’ll act again, creating
other new realities, which
you will study too, and that’s
how things will sort out,” said a
cheer leader for the Project for
a New American Century.

Scottish CND Annual Conference 17 Nov

Dr Rebecca Johnson will speak on "New international Game-changers to Ban Nuclear Weapons: Scotland's Role and Responsibility" at Scottish CND's annual conference from 10 am on Saturday 17th November 2012 in the STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow. There will also be a debate on the approach that Scottish CND should adopt during the independence referendum. Papers

MOD simulates Trident convoy crash at Raith Interchange

Declassified reports show that the Ministry of Defence and emergency services would have major problems responding to an accident involving the transport of nuclear weapons across Scotland. Exercise Senator took place in 2011. It was held in Prestwick, but simulated an accident at the Raith Interchange on the M74 in Lanarkshire.
 
John Ainslie, Coordinator Scottish CND said "This exercise highlighted the risks which we live with in Scotland, so long as nuclear weapons are based on the Clyde. The only way to remove this danger is to eject Trident from Faslane."

What about North Korea?

This is a frequent response to opening a discussion about global nuclear disarmament with people outside the peace movement. Especially in the light of recent events some people are subscribing to the idea that we ‘need’ nuclear weapons to keep us ‘safe’. A recent press release from Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) an organisation to which SCND is affiliated and which we strongly support, tackles this question head on. It explains why at a time like this a nuclear weapons ban treaty, even if everyone doesn’t immediately sign up to it, matters more than ever. The press release argues that the test firing of an ‘intercontinental ballistic missile’ by North Korea is proof positive of the need for a nuclear weapons ban treat. A summary of their viewpoint is presented below. The full press release , with contacts and  references can be found here 

Response to US leads missile interception tests in Scotland

Scottish CND have responded to a report in the Independent newspaper article which gives details of a huge new military exercise involving thousands of troops, ships and fighter jets.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said:

We understand that the purpose of this exercise is to practise shooting down nuclear missiles.

We also understand that US forces are leading the exercise alongside troops from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

Mr West added:

It is also very unsettling that the exercises are taking place until October 18 in what is known as the MOD's Hebrides Range, which is just off the north-west coast of Scotland.

It is the view of Scottish CND that the UK Government would be more effective in safeguarding the population if it supported the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Mr West said that the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons which was recently adopted by 122 nations at the United Nations offers a way forward to rid our world and country of nuclear weapons.

Instead of indulging in war games off-Scottish coast the countries involved would better serve their populations by supporting a ground breaking treaty which offers real peace and security to our world.

US Czech Missile Deal

" MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russia's Foreign Ministry Tuesday threatened a "military-technological" response if the United States deploys a missile defense system in former Soviet-bloc nations near Russia's borders. "

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/07/08/missile.defense/

" The Czech Republic is withdrawing from U.S. missile defense plans out of frustration at its diminished role, the Czech defense minister told The Associated Press Wednesday. The Bush administration first proposed stationing 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and an advanced radar in the Czech Republic, saying the system was aimed at blunting future missile threats from Iran. But Russia angrily objected and warned that it would station its own missiles close to Poland if the plan went through. In September 2009, the Obama administration shelved that plan and offered a new, reconfigured phased program with an undefined role for the Czechs. In November 2009, the Czech Republic was offered the possibility of hosting a separate early warning system that would gather and analyze information from satellites to detect missiles aimed at NATO territory. "

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/15/czech-republic-us-missile-shield-plan-withdrawal-_n_877398.html