- Published on Friday, 22 July 2016 14:55
The Faslane-based nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Ambush was badly damaged when it collided with a merchant ship in the Mediterranean at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 20 July. The vessel then entered Gibraltar under tow.
The Royal Navy said "There are no safety concerns associated with HMS Ambush being alongside". However any collision with a nuclear submarine has the potential to trigger a major accident, particularly if it results in a fire within the confined space of the vessel. The Navy have said that there was no damage to the nuclear-power plant, but have not indicated whether the reactor was running at the time or whether it was shut down by the incident.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:51
Yesterday, the House of Commons voted to renew Trident despite the opposition of 58 of Scotland's 59 MPs.
Arthur West - chair of Scottish CND said
"Those MPs who have voted for Trident replacement have shown a blatant disregard for the views of almost all of Scotland's MPs and MSPs. They have also completely disrespected the significant numbers of people in Scotland who want to get rid of nuclear weapons from our country."
"We will continue to work flat out to get rid of nuclear weapons from Scotland. This work will include supporting efforts to secure a second independence referendum as a route to get rid of nuclear weapons from Scotland.
- Published on Friday, 15 July 2016 13:53
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.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 13:42
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
- Published on Thursday, 07 July 2016 08:51
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.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 13:48
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.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 13:28
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.
Chair of Scottish CND