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Salmond calls for ban on nuclear convoys

leftThe First Minister of the Scottish Government has called for a ban on the convoys transporting Trident nuclear weapons. He has announced that a summit will take place on nuclear weapons and that this issue will be considered.

Scottish Government summit on Trident

leftBruce Crawford, Parliament Minister, has announced that the Scottish Government is inviting representatives of civic Scotland to a summit on Trident in October.  This follows the Scottish Parliament's vote in June to oppose plans for new nuclear weapons.

Jeremy Greenstock questions Trident decision

leftFormer British Ambassador to the UN, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, has questioned the decision to renew Trident and the message that it sends to other countries. 

Aldermaston's new bomb

leftThe Herald newspaper have reported on Britain's plan to build a new "High Surety Warhead".  This is likely to be linked to the US programme for a "Reliable Replacement Warhead".  The MoD has been very reticent about what is going on at Aldermaston.  They have refused to give detailed answers to questions asked in Parliament, or to divulge their plans to the Defence Committee of the House of Commons.

US to upgrade more Trident warheads


The Bush administration have increased the number of Trident warheads which will be upgraded and made more accurate.  The proportion to be modernised has risen from 25 % to 63 %.  The new plan is to upgrade around 2,000 Trident warheads.  Britain has a similar programme to upgrade the current Trident warheads at Aldermaston.

Polaris missile handling incident

leftDeclassified reports of a missile handling incident at Coulport in 1987 reveal that there were serious concerns about the safety of a crane which was used to move Polaris nuclear missiles.  This was reported by Rob Edwards,

Designation of new British warhead project

Jeffrey Lewis has said on Arms Control Wonk that a new Aldermaston bomb would be called the "High Surety Warhead"

"I've learned that the British are now considering their own 'reliable replacement warhead' program ( with many of the same capabilities) as one option for Trident replacement, a warhead notionally called the 'High Surety Warhead'".


New reactor for Trident may be built at Dounreay

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has revealed
that Government plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapon
system could result in a new nuclear reactor being built at Dounreay,
Rear Admiral Matthews, who is heading the programme to replace
Trident, has said that a new design of reactor will be required
for the new submarines.  Rolls Royce have indicated that this
will use a substantially different process than earlier submarine
reactors.  This means that a land-based prototype will be required. 
The prototypes for both of the earlier Naval reactors, PWR1 and
PWR2 were both built at HMS Vulcan, Dounreay.   The PWR2
prototype is operational today and is due to close in 2014. 

Videos of campaigning against nuclear weapons in Scotland


A number of dramatic videos are now available showing protests against nuclear weapons in Scotland.

These are available on youtube.  Please help to circulate these videos by passing on this link.

A larger selection is on this website.


MP awarded for anti-nuclear stance


Edinburgh MP Nigel Griffiths was presented with an award from two Nagasaki survivors for his stance against nuclear weapons.