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Chris Huhne's Independent Article

Voltaire famously stated that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire. I suspect that Trident as presently constituted is neither British, nor independent, nor a deterrent. The £15-20bn estimated for its replacement with a similar system is not the best use of defence funds.

There are more pressing military priorities for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq: body armour, helicopters, armoured personnel carriers and medical care. In this leadership contest, Liberal Democrats need to take a hard look at our party's position.

British nuclear weapons have had a political dimension from the outset. Churchill built a hydrogen bomb so that we could resume our wartime nuclear partnership with the US. Nuclear weapons allowed Macmillan to abolish conscription.

People and Parliament Against Trident

Thousands of campaigners  marched through Edinburgh to protest about the Trident nuclear weapons system.

The march and rally was intended to put pressure on the UK Government to remove all nuclear weapons from Scottish soil.

Police said about 1,200 people took part in the event which was a follow-up to last month's Trident summit, organised by the Scottish Government.

The march and rally was organised by Scotland For Peace , which includes religious, trade union and peace groups

Iran and Nuclear Weapons

By my count, since 1945 the US has made military interventions in 47 countries. Iran will have noticed that none of those countries had nuclear weapons and may have drawn the conclusion, almost certainly right, that the US would not attack a nuclear-armed Iran. It is time for the West to offer Iran the hand of friendship by offering to guarantee its borders and even to provide a nuclear shield to protect Iran from attack by nuclear-armed neighbours.

Ian J. Hartill in a letter to The Times

Trident Cost Escalates

Des Browne has announced a substantial increase in the amount that is being spent on nuclear weapons.  In reply to a question from Nick Harvey MP he said that  a total of £5.8 billion would be spent over the 3 years of the Comprehensive Spending Review.  Annual expenditure is rising from a current figure of £1.5 billion to £2.1 billion in 2010-11.

Nigg Dump Fears

Fears that an iconic industrial site in the Highlands could end up as a radioactive scrap yard have been re-ignited by news that a nuclear decommissioning company is set to buy the site.

The former Nigg Fabrication Yard on the Cromarty Firth is up for sale, and the Birmingham-based demolition company, DSM, has become the "preferred bidder". It specialises in breaking up large structures, include oil rigs, ships and buildings.

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Huhne Against Trident Replacement

Liberal Democrat leadership contender Chris Huhne has moved to seize the initiative from his front-running rival Nick Clegg by breaking with party policy on keeping Britain's Trident nuclear missiles.

Huhne told The Observer it would be 'ridiculous' to spend up to £15bn updating the ageing submarine-based nuclear arsenal, describing it as a Cold War relic. He also argued this would risk further tying Britain to American policies, something he suggested should be avoided in the wake of the Iraq war.

Scotland's Future Without Nuclear Weapons

The Scottish Government has hosted a summit - A National Conversation: Scotland's Future Without Nuclear Weapons - to discuss the implications of the UK Government's decision to replace the Trident system on Scotland.

The summit in Glasgow followed a vote in the Scottish Parliament on June 14 in which Holyrood registered its opposition to the proposal in the UK Government White Paper, The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent, to replace the existing Trident defence system.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Minister for Parliamentary Business Bruce Crawford represented the Scottish Government among representatives from churches, trade unions, local authorities, and Government to discuss the impact of the UK Government's decision on devolved areas of responsibility and how best to present the Scottish view.

MOD Admit Scottish Ministers Could Block Trident

Plans to refurbish the Clyde naval bases to accommodate a replacement for the Trident nuclear weapons system could be stymied by Scottish Ministers, according to an internal memo from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

A new dry dock for servicing nuclear submarines would require planning permission while other developments would be subject to a raft of pollution controls. These are all the responsibility of the Scottish Government, not Westminster.

Scottish Ministers Reject New Nuclear Power Stations

Scottish Ministers have rejected new nuclear power stations as dangerous and unnecessary.

Energy Minister Jim Mather instead wants the billions of pounds that could be spent on nuclear power reallocated to make Scotland and the UK a world leader in clean, renewable technologies.

Crown Abandons Remaining Prestwick Cases

Three peace activists who entered Prestwick Airport as weapons inspectors during the August 2006 war in Lebanon have learned that the Ayr Procurator Fiscal has decided to withdraw the charges, after "further consideration of the evidence".
Sylvia Boyes from Yorkshire, Roz Bullen from Edinburgh and Kate Holcombe from Worcestershire were due to face trial at the end of the month accused of breaching the Civil Aviation Act.  Acting on knowledge that the airport was being used in the transport of weapons for use in the invasion of Lebanon, they were inside Prestwick Airport for over 2 hours.  They found the military area, monitored the flights and got up to a cargo plane they suspected was involved in carrying munitions, before they were arrested. Their action was the first of three consecutive nights of organised citizens' inspections at the airport.  Out of the 17 people originally charged the Crown have been able to obtain only two convictions.