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Nuclear Convoy lost in Scotland

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Around midnight on Monday night, 12 November, vehicles in a convoy transporting nuclear weapons got lost as they travelled in the dark around central Scotland. The convoy was travelling from the nuclear weapons store at Coulport. Members of Nukewatch were tracking the support vehicles at the back of the convoy.  These vehicles took a detour towards Kincardine Bridge, then took a U-turn back towards Stirling and stopped at the Forthside Defence Logisitics site.

 

Faslane shiplift vulnerable to aircrash

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A report obtained by Scottish CND showed that the MoD had underestimated the effect of a 
large aircraft crashing into the Faslane shiplift while it contained a Trident submarine.
In such a situation the platform holding the submarine would collapse, but MoD probability
assessments did not accurately reflect this.
Such a situation could lead to the detonation of the missiles on the submarine. This could 
in turn result in the dispersal of plutonium from the nuclear warheads and possibly a
nuclear explosion or the dispersal of material from the submarine's reactor.
 

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

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.

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.

Former Lord Advocate Queries Trident's Legality

The former Lord Advocate, Lord Murray, is seeking advice from the current holder of the office, Eilish Angiolini, on the legality of Trident nuclear missiles.

Lord Murray was one of a delegation of campaigners who  made a submission to the Lord Advocate, calling on her to examine evidence that the nuclear deterrent, housed at Faslane naval base on the Clyde, may be illegal under international law

171 Arrests at Faslane

At least 171 people were arrested on the last day of the year long Faslane 365 protest for taking non-violent direct action at the home of BritainÂ’s Trident nuclear weapons submarines. .

Around 600 protestors from across the UK and Europe non-violently shut down road access to the base on the Clyde from around dawn. Some used tubes with their arms locked on to one another to make their removal more difficult, whilst others superglued themselves together. Both gates to the base were blocked as was the road to the nearby Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport, where the Trident nuclear missiles are stored.