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Scottish CND comments on new Prime Minister meeting First Minister

Scottish CND hope there is some discussion on Trident replacement  when the new Prime Minister Theresa May meets with Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh today.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said-

We expect  that the First Minister will be reminding the new PM that the vast majority of Scottish voters at the referendum voted to stay in the EU.

Mr West said that Scottish CND and the wider peace movement also feel that the clear majority of people in Scotland who oppose Trident replacement are being ignored by the Prime Minister and her party.

Can we allow Theresa May to start with Trident Renewal?

 

Thanks to David Cameron’s announcement last week Theresa May’s first act as Prime Minister will be to try to push through the renewal of Trident. After many postponements the vote on Trident replacement will be rushed through on Monday 18th July.

There will be simultaneous demonstrations in towns and cities across Scotland at 12 noon this Saturday, see events list.

 

Scottish CND must redouble its efforts to work for a peaceful world in response to the Chilcot Report

Scottish CND will redouble its efforts to work for world peace in response to the Chilcot Report.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said:

The Chilcot Report has clearly highlighted the Iraq war as disastrous and ill advised.

Innocent Iraqis and British soldiers lost their lives in the conflict and terrorism has now spread across the Middle East.

The report also indicates that Tony Blair gave a commitment to  the US president  to go to war prior to any reference to cabinet or parliament.

Obama visit to Hiroshima

Scottish CND have welcomed the recent visit by President Obama to the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

A few weeks ago the President visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and signed the guest book. He also laid a wreath at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park , which commemorates the victims of the nuclear bomb dropped by the United States in 1945.

Scottish CND chair Arthur West said that it was important to follow up the Obama visit to Hiroshima by ensuring that when the anniversary of the bombing comes about in August we ensure that it as usual marked by events and gatherings across the country.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Events

Scottish CND and other organisations within the Peace Movement are encouraging groups and individuals to organise events to mark the tragic nuclear bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on August 6th 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9th 1945.

  Be really good if local CND groups  could let me  know of any events you are planning on these anniversaries.  We could then  publicise them on our website and circulate information to out members and other organisations within the Peace Movement.

Look forward to your response.

Arthur West

Chair of Scottish CND

Indyref2, Trident and Brexit

There are two key issues where Scotland’s voice is being ignored. One is EU membership and the other is Trident. Brexit has triggered the initial steps towards a second independence referendum. The prospect of Westminster renewing Trident, in the teeth of Scottish opposition, could push support for Yes2 well over the line.

Nuclear convoy ignores Motorway Closed signs

If you are driving on the motorway and see a red X above your lane, then you must move to the side. If there are red Xs on all three lanes then you must leave the motorway. But not if you have a nuclear bomb in the back of your truck - when, it would appear, normal safety rules don't apply. 

At 11.55 pm on Wednesday 18 May, a 20-vehicle convoy transporting Trident nuclear bombs to Coulport, drove under three red Xs at junction 2 on the M74 at Dalmarnock in Glasgow. The blue lights of police vehicles at the back of the convoy are just visible in the photograph. The vehicles continued along a section of motorway which was closed to all other traffic. The convoy did the same a few miles later at junction 24 on the M8 in Govan, where it drove on a second closed part of the motorway network.

Trident and Jobs presentation

This a a short presentation given by John Ainslie at the Scottish Morning Star Spring Conference 2016 with the key points on Trident and the jobs involved and the case for a Scottish Defence Diversification Agency

Watch video here

For further reading on the topic please check our Trident and Jobs Report.

Questions to ask election candidates

It would be really good if Scottish CND members and supporters could raise trident and related issues with candidates either by writing or e mail. Alternatively there may be opportunities for our members and supporters to raise questions with candidates at hustings meetings.

Tell Labour to Ditch Trident

You have 18 days to tell Labour to ditch Trident

The general public, as well as party members, are able to make submissions to the Labour Party Defence Review. Please use this opportunity to tell Emily Thornberry that you are opposed to Trident. Submissions can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The deadline is 30 April.